Stoke-on-Trent Local History



The meaning of place names: 


Tun is dated from around 750-950. In its original sense (i.e. where huts were built together within a stockade for protection), it soon became the commonest of all place name elements, often containing the name of the Anglo-Saxon chief or the name of the tribe who built it.

For example ....ington denotes the homestead of the people of ... So that Winnington near Mucklestone means "the homestead of Winna's people."

Halh remote recess, nook, valley. Bagnall, Bucknall, Moddershall. May include the personal name of a thegn (thegn = local chief) exercising authority in the location during approximately the same period.

Leah a clearing in woodland

Ashley clearing among ash trees
Bromley broom
Linley lime trees
Keele for cows
Stanley on stony ground
Wetley on wet land

Audley, Baddeley, Betley, Balterley, Barthomley, Onneley

Hanley, Heighley

Words for hills and valleys

-dale  -clough  -low  -edge
Clough Hall
Wildbour Clough
Fenton Low
Cauldon Low
Grounds Low
Brown Edge
Adderly Edge
Cats Edge
Axe Edge
Stanley Edge

Words representing some kind of homestead. Pattingham (near Wrottesley): the homestead of Peatta's people

-ham  -worth  -toft  -wich
Trentham Tittersworth   Northwich



Types of trees and woods: wood a Saxon term, as also shaw, holt, grove, hurst, frith

-wood  -shaw  -holt  -grove  -hurst  -frith
Lightwood Blackshaw Moor Hinglsey Holt Kidsgrove Turnhurst Chapel-en-le-Frith


Stoke: a place, especially a holy place

Stoke-on-Trent, Little Stoke, Stoke-on-Tern

Hay/hey: deer hays were stalls where deer were kept for winter venison

Haywood (Hospital)
Meir Hay
Fegg Hayes
Peacocks Hay (nr. Talke)




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