|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
Words for hills and valleys
Words representing some kind of homestead. Pattingham (near Wrottesley): the homestead of Peatta's people
Types of trees and woods: wood a Saxon term, as also 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
Peacocks Hay (nr. Talke)
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origin of the suffix "lyme"
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