The vale of Holms-Dale

Was never won, ne never shall.

Holms-Dale lies partly in Surrey and partly in Kent. Several battles were formerly fought here between the Saxons and invading Danes, in which the former proved victorious; which, probably, gave rise to the proverb: but it was undoubtedly won by William the Conqueror, who marched his army through it in his way to London.

Entry taken from Provincial Glossary, edited by Francis Grose.

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