Janet's Foss

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Janet's Foss
Janet's Foss 2.jpg
Location North Yorkshire, England
Coordinates 54°3′58″N 2°8′12″W / 54.06611°N 2.13667°W / 54.06611; -2.13667
Type Plunge
Watercourse Goredale Beck/River Aire

Janet's Foss is a small waterfall in the vicinity of the village of Malham, North Yorkshire, England. It carries Gordale Beck over a limestone outcrop topped by tufa into a deep pool below. The pool was traditionally used for sheep dipping, an event which took on a carnival air and drew the village inhabitants for the social occasion.[1]

The name Janet (sometimes Jennet) is believed to refer to a fairy queen held to inhabit a cave at the rear of the fall.[1] Foss is a Nordic word for waterfall, still used in Scandinavia, and is presented in a number of cases in England as 'force'.[2]

Janet's Foss was the location of the fictional Molkham Falls as featured in the 2006 independent British film, WATERFALL. Filming took place there in May 2006.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Janet's Foss". Malham in the Yorkshire Dales. Daelnet. Retrieved 5 November 2008. 
  2. ^ Hogg, Richard; Denison, David (2006). A History of the English Language. Cambridge University Press. p. 347. ISBN 978-0-521-66227-7. 
  3. ^ Janet’s Foss, Malham, England Retrieved 27 May 2016.

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