The Lost Words of Epsom

The Lost Words of Epsom MGSO4 arts festival
Event date: 
Saturday, 7 July 2018 - 2:00pm
Artist: 

Children & Young People

Venue: 
Bourne Hall
Ticket price: 
Prize winners and guests


Our creative competition for children and young people, was inspired by the beautiful book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, which pairs illustrations of nature words that have been removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, with short spell-style acrostic poems about them.

But in Epsom & Ewell, we have lost some of our own words too. Bourne Hall Museum curator Jeremy Harte looked back into history, and uncovered eight ‘lost words’ from the seventeenth century, used at the height of Epsom’s popularity as a spa town. They describe the creatures and activities of Epsom Common where the original well was sited.

Beeskep, a hive or home for bees made from straw rope twisted and coiled into a dome.
Flittermouse, the Surrey dialect word for a bat.
Furzechat/Fuzzchat, a small heathland bird; also the local nickname for someone living on Epsom Common (Stamford Green).
Hedgepig, the Surrey dialect word for a hedgehog.
Kissing-gate, a swing-gate moving between the two arms of a curved fence.
Riphook, a tool with curved blade for cutting grass and sedge, similar to a sickle.
Plashing, the weaving of slashed tree branches between upright branches to create a hedge.

Children can submit an illustration, poem or both, with winning entries published in a special book. The competition is being sponsored by Epsom Civic Society and The Arts Society Epsom.

Closing date for entries is 4 June 2018. Poems and illustrations of winners and selected entries will be exhibited at the festival.

Event access: 
Wheelchair accessible