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[brand (from its markings) + -ling.]


(Animals) a small red earthworm, Eisenia foetida (or Helodrilus foetidus), found in manure and used as bait by anglers
[C17: from brand + -ling1]


(ˈbrænd lɪŋ)

a small reddish brown earthworm, Eisenia foetida, having yellow markings, used as bait.
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Last week 20-year-old Christopher Hilton, from Brandlings Way in Blackhall, appeared at Peterlee Magistrates' Court charged with a section 18 assault on Mr Ford.
One of the trees stood in the Brandlings, in Felling, but was eventually felled and the wood was used to make furniture like this hallstand which won pride of place in Gateshead's Saltwell Park Museum.
Now the Brandlings have been elevated to a Sausage & Beer Festival, where there's also an impressive live music line-up with appearances by the likes of Tony Bengtsson and singer/songwriter Simma, who also writes and performs poetry in pubs about singing in pubs.
But no ordinary sausage will do - the Brandling Villa Sausage & Beer Festival is an opportunity to sample the best in local ales and some innovative sausage styles dreamt up by Steve Pearce, the award-winning butcher at Stewart & Co Fine Food in Jesmond, Newcastle.
We'll also have Beef and Guinness sausage and another one made using the new chilli beer from Allendale Brewery," says Brandling Villa landlord Dave Carr.
The Brandling Villa was built in 1900 for Newcastle brewers WB Reid & Co.
The Brandling Villa takes its name from the family that played a leading role in Newcastle life for 450 years, acting as mayors, businessmen, members of Parliament, landowners and mine owners.
Sir John Brandling, originally from London, settled in Newcastle after marrying Margaret Clavering, of Callalay Castle, in Northumberland and served as sheriff in 1505 before becoming lord mayor a few times.
The name also lives on in Gosforth's Brandling Park and Brandling Arms Hotel and Brandling Village in Jesmond.
The Brandlings of Newcastle were a wealthy family of merchants and land and coal owners.
Then the Newcastle bank of Surtees, Burdon and Brandling collapsed with considerable impact on local businesses.
Charles Brandling was High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1781 and MP for Newcastle in 1784-98, building a mansion, Gosforth House.