Can you read this word?

letter-s

This image is an extract from a property deed dated 1769.  Can you read this word?

Some letters are familiar, so start with them.  Which letters can you make out? My guess is p, a and s are easy enough.

pa_sa___

Maybe you can see the g as well.

pa_sag__

There is an e in there, but it isn’t quite the same as we write nowadays.

pa_sage_

The two remaining letters are different forms of the same letter.  You have already read a third form of the letter. The letter is s. See it now?

passages

I will be exhibiting this deed at the Cambridgeshire Family and Local History Fair this Saturday (22 October 2016) at Girton Glebe Primary School, Girton, Cambridge, CB3 0PN from 10am to 4pm.  Come along and find out more about reading old handwriting.

 

 

 

 

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