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Little Firth

Field in the Parish of Cabourne

Historical Forms

  • 1793 Yarb
  • y e furth 1654 Terrier
  • y e Furth 1662 Terrier
  • the Furth 1686 Terrier 1707 Terrier

Etymology

Little Firth 1793(y efurth 1654, y e Furth 1662, the Furth 1686, 1707, cf. the forthsteade more(sic) 1601(perhaps v.(ge)mǣre'a boundary'), the forthsteade 1606, 1612, the firth steade 1625, y e Furth-stead 1638, y e Furthestead 1662, y e furthstead 1674, the furth stead 1686, y e Furth Stead 1697, perhaps from fyrhðe'a wood, woodland, woodedcountry', in some later sense such as recorded in MED s.v. frith(2)'a park, awoodland meadow','an enclosure' and in EDD s.v. firth'a wood, plantation,coppice','unused pastureland'. The field is situated south of the road toCaistor, west of the village, on a valley slope at approx. TF 132 014, and ofthe recorded meanings'unused pastureland' is probably most appropriate. Inthe majority of the 17th century forms it is compounded with stede, butfirthstead, furthstead does not appear in Sandred)