Hengston-down, well ywrought,

Is worth London-town dear ybought.

Hengston-down was supposed not only to be extremely rich in tin, but also to have in its bowels Cornish diamonds, vulgarly estimated superior to those of India. In Fuller’s time the tin began to fail here; having fallen, as he terms it, to a scant-saving scarcity. As to the diamonds, no one has yet judged it worth his while to dig for them.

Entry taken from Provincial Glossary, edited by Francis Grose.

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Hengston-down, well ywrought

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