Saturday, 4 October 2014

From the Library: Staffordshire Place Names

‘Great Bridge’ was in the 17th century ‘Greet Bridge’, which “stands on a stream formerly called ‘Greet’, which divides the parishes of West Bromwich and Tipton”. The word ‘greet’ in old English meant to lament, cry or murmur, so it could have been the murmuring brook, and poets write of “murmuring streams” and “babbling brooks”.

Bescot was in the 13th century 'Bermondscote', relating to a cottage owned by Beorhtmund. The name Beremund first appears in the area in 969.

The Ford Brook is probably named after the Ordeseye family, who lived in the area in the 13th and 14th centuries, so is literally 'Orde's' water.

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