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Have you ever wondered how Shears Green got its name?

 

Shear relates to the word sheriff which is medieval in origin. So Shears Green is a green belonging to or used by a sheriff - sheriff's green.

Sheriff/shears is a contraction of the term 'shire reeve'.

 

Did the sheriff ride around on a horse wearing a stetson and a star badge?

 

In Anglo-Saxon England the reeve was a senior official with local responsibilities under the Crown, e.g., as the chief magistrate of a town or district.

After the Norman conquest a reeve acted as the overseer of the serfs and peasants on an estate.

 

The sheriff may have ridden around on a horse but definitely no stetson or badge!

 

So next time someone tells you it is a place where sheep were sheared - you can tell them how our school really got its name.

 

 

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