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lazarius
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:57:01 AM

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That night I travelled on to Estcourt, a tiny tin township of a few hundred inhabitants, beyond which the trains no longer ran.

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My Early Life, by Winston S. Churchill

What does the word tin mean in this sentence?

There's no relevant context but you can find links to the text at the bottom of this page:

https://www.fadedpage.com/showbook.php?pid=20160543

Here's the place on Goggle Maps:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Estcourt

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Bathcoup
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 7:17:32 AM
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Was there a tin mine nearby?
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 7:52:30 AM

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Here it's a diminutive. That small town was not only small, it was even smaller. Tiny tin sounds better than tiny tiny.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 7:57:23 AM

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lazarius wrote:
Quote:
That night I travelled on to Estcourt, a tiny tin township of a few hundred inhabitants, beyond which the trains no longer ran.

-
My Early Life, by Winston S. Churchill

What does the word tin mean in this sentence?

There's no relevant context but you can find links to the text at the bottom of this page:

https://www.fadedpage.com/showbook.php?pid=20160543

Here's the place on Goggle Maps:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Estcourt

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There is a part of my town known as Tin Town,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin_Town,_Luton9

It was built after WW2 quickly using corrugated iron that had been galvanised, using zinc but people called them tin houses.
If you go to other commonwealth countries like Australia and South Africa you’ll see buildings built with corrugated iron roofs that are also often called tin roofs.
A tin township would be a small settlement built with houses that have similar tin roofs.

This on is in Australia.
This is a so-called tin-tabernacle in Cockernhoe near me St.Hughs.


To to be clear tin in tin township refers to galvanised iron sheeting used in much of the construction of the township.
lazarius
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 8:31:44 AM

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Sarrriesfan wrote:
to be clear tin in tin township refers to galvanised iron sheeting used in much of the construction of the township.

Thank you very much!

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 8:55:10 PM

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I think Sarriesfan got it right.
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