You don't know what a weind is, do you? It was a unknown word to me until yesterday.
It started at a shop in Garstang - a small market town near Lancaster -when we asked for directions to a local tea house:
Her: "Take the second weind on the left, and you'll find a good one." Me : "What's a weind?!" Her: "erm... I don't really know. It's just what we call them."
We decided not to ask the obvious question, but to find out for ourselves. Have you guessed it yet? I haven't tracked down the etymology of 'weind' or even the subtle details behind its meaning and use, but it seems a weind is a passageway of some description. And a Google search suggests the word is confined to this general area. They are mentioned here in a document titled A Short History of Garstang.
Postscript 1: The beauty of not being 'born and bred' in Lancashire is regularly coming across new words as well as places. One thing yesterday's discovery taught me was that there were obviously a lot of alleyways in this part of the medieval world. I base this assertion on only recently having added another new word to my linguistic repertoire for them - ginnel.
Postscript 2: Before anyone asks, I have no idea who Thomas was. Regrettfully, it didn't occur to me to ask someone at the time.