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A “snicket” is an alleyway or passageway, and in Barnsley in South Yorkshire the word is used to mean a path, typically between fences or walls, in an open space or field, or between gardens.

A “ginnel” pronounced (pronounced with a hard “g” as in “gun”) is again an alleyway or passageway, but it the term is generally (in Barnsley) used to refer to a gap between houses (for example), or between buildings.

In Sheffield (some fifteen full miles away from Barnsley, but still in Yorkshire), these words are not used, but the alternative word “gennel” (pronounced “jennel”) is used.

Any other local variations? Please comment!

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  4 Responses to “Northern British Sayings #2: Snicket/Ginnel/Gennel”

  1. Ginnel is used throughout the North, Leeds, Manchester, middlesbro. Jennel is east mids.snikkit is a country path , ginnel being alley way etc

  2. Jennel/gennel is Sheffield for alleyway, when I lived in Notts, near Mansfield, we used Jitty.

  3. Here in South Cheshire it’s alleyway or Gulley.

  4. Gennel – West Greater Manchester, towards Warrington

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