It's significantly more widespread than Norfolk. Googling "pightle" shows that there is at least one place in Berkshire (200 miles form Norwich) with the same name. http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/OLD-ENGLISH/2000-04/0954705780 suggests that the word was viewed as archaic in the 1850s, and several other internet pages suggest it is Anglo-Saxon in origin. (Google "pightle anglo saxon")
I know nothing of any Anglo-Saxon origin to this word, but it was definitely in use in 1559. I am transcribing a will made in Wortham, Suffolk in that year and there are repeated bequests of "pigghtele" s to family members. I am new to Wiki editing, but if it is possible to add images in Wiktionary I could upload a small copy of the word from the will. I am unsure, though, whether the uploading of an image of one word in two thousand wwould constitute copyright infringement under a personal use license for an image.
This is also used as far south as the Suffolk/Essex border (with Gooseacre pightle in Stratford St Mary and The Pightle, a road but formerly a field, in Capel St Mary). 126.96.36.199 21:20, 3 October 2009 (UTC)
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