(Saxon, Snotingaham, place of caves). So called from the
caverns in the soft sandstone rock. Montecute took King Edward III.
through these subterranean passages to the hill castle, where he found
“gentle Mortimer” and Isabella, the dowager-queen. The former was
slain, and the latter imprisoned. The passage is still called
Philip James Bailey, author of Festus. Born at
Bashford-in-the-Burgh, Nottingham. (1816.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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