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Place-Names Associated With Woodland

 

Place-Names Associated With Woodland

 

Name element

 

Meaning

 
         
 

wood (OE wudu)
with, worth (ON vithr)
shaw, shay, shave (OE sceaga)

 

a wood

 
         
 

lund, lound or land (ON lundr)
frith (OE fyrhth)
beare (OE bearu)

 

These names are associated with very old woods.

 
         
 

skew, scoe (ON skōgr)
holt (OE holt)

 

A wood, perhaps a single-species wood.

 
         
 

shaw (OE sceaga)
rewe

 

A band of woodland bounding a field in the Weald.

 
         
 

grove (OE grāfa

 

A small wood.

 
         
 

ley (OE lēah

 

a clearing or a wood

 
         
 

den, dene (OE denn)

 

a woodland swine pasture (NB OE denu: a valley)

 
         
 

copse
fall
hag(g)
spring
copy
panel

 

These names are associated with coppiced woodland

 
         
 

laund

 

woodland glade, kawn

 
         
 

ryth
thveit

 

a clearing

 
         
 

hurst (OE hyrst)

 

a wooded hill

 
         
 

hanger

 

a wood on a slope

 
         
 

hay

 

hedge, sometimes an enclosure in a wood, assart or the hedge around a deer park; can be small wood in farmland

 
         
 

ridding
rode (OE rodu)
reed
royd
sart
stocks
stubbings

 

Assarted land

 
         
 

ovenham

 

assart in the Yorkshire Wolds

 
         
 

hollins

 

wood where holly was grown as winter fodder

 
         
 

storth (ON storth)

 

brushwood, woodland plantation

 
         
 

stock
stump

 

tree stump

 
         
 

stubbing

 

area cleared of tree stumps

 
         
 

field (OE feld)

 

open ground close to woodland

 
         
 

coed (W coid)

 

a wood

 
         
 

bere (OE bearu)

 

a grove

 
         

This table is taken from:
Muir, R., "The New Reading the Landscape", 2002, University of Exeter Press, Table 1.2 pp. 13-14

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