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On 26 May 2011 at 10:46am Feline wrote:
Why are Lewisians (and the football Team) called Rooks?
On 26 May 2011 at 4:03pm bastian wrote:
there used to be trees all along the wall with a rookery in until the 87 storm
On 27 May 2011 at 10:16am Feline wrote:
Is that the football ground wall? But why also lewesians? I did wonder if it was after the rookery down on Southover Road by the station car park?
On 27 May 2011 at 10:21am IMEYOU wrote:
why is arsenal called the gunners
On 27 May 2011 at 11:34am Sylvia wrote:
Try looking up the meaning of the word arsenal in a dictionary.
On 27 May 2011 at 11:38am 'ere be monsters wrote:
Lewes has always had a large population of rooks. So many that everyone from Lewes is a rook. Simple as that.
On 27 May 2011 at 2:57pm Ticket wrote:

Arsenal were formed in the 1880's at the munitions factory in south east London, they then moved to north London just prior to WW1.....hence the nickname Gunners.
I noticed that the tree outside of Waitrose was severely pruned last year, this resulted in most of the rooks moving on.
On 27 May 2011 at 3:19pm Rookie wrote:
Correct, Ticket. Although Arsenal were originally called Woolwich Arsenal to be spot on. Football must have become really popular during the 1880's as that seems to be the decade that so many clubs were formed, including our own Rooks in 1885 at a meeting in the Royal Oak.

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