Who was cuckolded at Cuckholds Pit?

Out near Chardstock in East Devon there is a road sign which reads ‘Cuckholds Pit’. It has always amused me. I assume ‘Cuckhold’ is a spelling variation of ‘Cuckold’. Cuckold is a term for a husband whose wife has strayed from their marriage bed.

I wondered how it came to gain such a name? Could it refer to some past resident who had found himself cheated on?

This seemed a rather cruel mocking of the unfortunate chap.

Another place named ‘Cuckold’

More recently I spotted on a map a ‘Cuckold’s Corner’. This is also close to home on the A35 near Uploders, just east of Bridport.

This made me think again. Why call this place ‘Cuckold’s Corner’? Was it common at some time to commemorate cuckolding?

It struck me that these days there is a pull in lay-by situated right by this junction. Knowing what goes on in lay-bys late at night I suspect a few local men have been cuckolded there in recent years.

From Dictionary.com

Cuckold – noun 1. the husband of an unfaithful wife. verb (used with object) 2. to make a cuckold of (a husband).

A plausible explanation?

Could I have been looking at the question the wrong way? One explanation I came across would suggest so.

Were these places where wives who played away were brought to? Was the object public humiliation as a warning to others might be tempted.

Do you know of any similarly named places? Can you shed any further light on how the name came about? Please share your thoughts below.

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  1. Not sure where the name came from, but on researching my husband’s family tree from New Zealand, I traced back his 3rd Gt Grandfather, Benjamin Bishop, as farming there in the census of 1841 and 1851. He was born in Loders about 1776, and died in 1853. His son, John Tidby Bishop, emigrated to New Plymouth, in Taranaki NZ in 1841. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the address of the farm. Very unusual!

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