Whether you know it as the West Country or the south-west of England, this part of the world may remind you of coastlines, cream teas and cheddar cheese. As well as these delights, the region is home to a wealth of tradition and dialect variation.
The ‘West Country’ and ‘the South-West’ are both used to refer to the area made up of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. Covering over 9,000 square miles, this is the largest of England’s nine main regions.
In the 1950s and 60s, researchers from the University of Leeds visited villages all over the South-West to record rural ways of life and speech. Read on to find out more about language and life in the balmiest corner of England.