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A Furlong of Arable Ground call 'd broken back

Field in the Parish of Swinhope

Historical Forms

  • 1762 Terrier
  • a parcel of Ground called Broken back 1621 Terrier
  • a furlonge of arrable ground there called brokenbacke furlonge 1634 Terrier
  • a wonge called Broken back 1638 Terrier
  • a furlong of arrable ground called Brockenback 1671 Terrier

Etymology

A Furlong of Arable Ground call'dbroken back 1762(a parcel of Ground called Broken back 1621(1822), a furlonge of arrable ground there called brokenbacke furlonge 1634, a wonge called Broken back 1638, a furlong of arrable ground called Brockenback 1671; unlike Brokenback PN L 3 115,there is no sign whatever of a round barrow in the field, but itsetymology must be the same, OE  *brocen -bæc'broken back', in the sense'humped back'. It is a humped field sloping away on all sides to theboundary hedges)