BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Cobble Hill
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Hill - Elevation of terrain rising prominently above the surrounding land
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: Between Shawnigan Lake and Duncan, Shawnigan Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 48°41'17''N, 123°37'05''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD83
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 92B/12
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Origin Notes and History:

Adopted in 1935 (specific date not cited), as labelled on Geological Survey sheet 41A, Duncan, 1915.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
So-labelled on 1859 map "Vancouver Island Colony, Shawnigan District" [see also "Memories of Cobble Hill" by N.P. Dougan, published in the Cowichan Leader, 28 April 1965.]
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"Indefinite origin. It has been suggested by former members of the Royal Navy named Pimbury, brothers, that it was named after a Lieut. Cobble of the Royal Navy, probably an officer on one of the gun-boats which made occasional visits to Cowichan Bay during Indian trouble. (1924 notation on BC name card)
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"E&NR records state that it was named from adjacent gravel hills." (1924 notation on BC name card) Note: according to Merriam Webster Dictionary (1951) there are 4 grades of gravel: granule, pebble, cobble and boulder; cobbles measure between 2 1/2 and 10 inches in diameter.]
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"There are no cobble stones on Cobble Hill, the formation here being of limestone. Two accounts of the naming of Cobble Hill have their rival champions locally. One says that the hill is named after a Lieutenant Cobble, RN, ' probably an officer on one of the gunboats which made occasional visits to Cowichan Bay when the settlement was apprehensive of Indian trouble.' Unfortunately, no Lieut. Cobble can be found in the Navy Lists. The other story is that when the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway was being built, a visiting Englishwoman said that the place reminded her of a Cobble Hill in England, and so the name was adopted. It has also been claimed that the name comes from gravel hills in the vicinity."
Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.