English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.


Field in the Parish of Marsh Chapel

Historical Forms

  • 1839 TA
  • Checkqr 1595 FMap
  • a square pasture called Checker 1595 FMap
  • the Checkqz c.1638 Holywell
  • close called the Checquer 1712 Foster


Chequer(Checkqr(sic) 15951, a square pasture called Checker 15952, the Checkqz(sic) c.1638, close called the Checquer 1712,v. cheker, this is described as a square pasture and Field, s.n. CheckerMeadow, explains the name as “Alternative patches of light and darker soilgave the bare earth the appearance of a chess board”)