This is the email received 26.11.16:
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I am writing with an enquiry about a place-name that occurs in the Faringdon area.
As a child, I used to spend a lot of time in the village of Little Coxwell, where my grandparents used to live. I also had relatives in Great Coxwell. Between the two villages runs the A420 Faringdon Road. At some point on that road, and situated between the two villages, there is/was a place that was referred to by the local inhabitants as "Chowle".
I see that the name "Chowle" is still in use, for example, in the name of a local B&B. There is also a “Chowle Cottage” in Great Coxwell.
For linguistic but also personal reasons, I would be very interested to discover the meaning or origin of the name/word "Chowle".
My research to determine the meaning of the word has revealed nothing definitive. I have found several references to “chowle/choule/chole/chaul = jowl”, but that does not seem to fit in my context. I would be grateful for any light you can throw on this matter, or any clue that you can give me so that I can pursue my search with more hope of success.
Many thanks in advance for any assistance that you can give.
With best regards
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)