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PROBABLE MEANINGS OF
Old Place Names In and Around Sheffield
Plus origins of the first settlements from “The Ancient Suburbs of Sheffield”
By J. Edward Vickers ~Published 1871 by J.E.V. Publications, Sheffield
Place Names & Probable Meanings
The dale of the Abbey (Beauchief)
The village at the cliff, which was probably at the bend in the River Don where Christ Church used to be until it was bombed in WW2. Aterclive in the Doomsday Book
From the old French word Baneur meaning a standard bearer. At the time of Elizabeth I it was known as the Banner Field.
Name given by Norman Monks to the place they built their abbey – means beautiful headland.
From old Norse – Bale or Belle Hagi meaning a fire common.
Named after a spring of mineral water that was found very beneficial to health
Brik’s ploughed land. Also variously called Brekesherth and Brixard
Burn – a stream, Greave – a grove
- a water meadow or marshy field next to a stream. Celtic or Saxon origin.
Originally Carter-Knoll – a hill named after the Carter family
From the old Norse Krkor meaning a nook or corner of land
From Derne Halh – secluded piece of land
From the Anglo-Saxon Dor, meaning a door, pass or entrance into the Kingdom of Mercia
Probably derives from Hecksel-Hallr meaning the witches hill.
The elf cliff or bank. Originally called Elfcliffe.
From the Anglo-Saxon Ful-Wudu – wet, marshy woodland. Also known at one time as Folewode
Old English Gilda Leah – a kite clearing in a wood
Old Norse meaning an outlying farm belonging to Grim.
Hachen’s outlying farmstead
Hand’s Worth – an enclosed homestead belonging to Hand. In Doomsday Book Handeswrde.
A deep, slow-moving stream.
Derived from Heah Leah – a high woodland clearing. Called Heghlegh in 1343, Heghelgh in 1348 and Hamelet-de-Heyle in 1451. Called Heeley from 1553 on.
Given its name by Thomas Steade of Burrowlee House as a compliment to Lord Downshire
Of Danish origin meaning Jourdain’s outlying farmstead.
From Lang-Leah meaning long clearing
Probably from Melum, meaning worn stones or pebbles in the bed of the river
Meers Brook means a boundary brook. The brook ran down from Norton Lees to the River Sheaf at Saxon Bridge Heeley and formed part of the frontier line between the ancient kingdoms of Northumbria and Mercia. Until recently was also the boundary between Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
Arose from the gift of a corn mill on the River Sheaf, by Sir Robert de Ecclesall, to the abbey at Beauchief. Then it was known as the Miln Houses.
Possibly means home of the water spirits
Derived from Nord-Tun meaning north farmstead
Old Norse name – Osgar’s outlying farmstead
Deriving from Alor-tun – a farmstead by the elders
Pits from which ore was obtained – originally called Or-pits
Anglo Saxon name was Sceath-feld. Sceath meaning a dividing line or frontier and Feld was land near a river that was free from trees.
Scir cliff - a bright, steep hillside. Also Shiercliffe
Old English word meaning Tingas Leah – Field of Council
Totingelei in the Doomsday Book – a spy or watching place
From the Old English Wadde’s Leah – Wadde’s forest clearing.
From the old English Walca’s Leah – Walca’s forest clearing
Derived from Hwit-Leah-Wudu – a bright, fair clearing
Or Norton Woodseats was originally Wodesettes
[Courtesy of: Ann Halford]
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