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Survey of English Place-Names

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Crypt Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Cocking

Historical Forms

  • de la Gripe 1265 SAC6,220
  • ate Gripe 1279 Ass 1322 Ipm
  • de la Cripe, de la Kripe 1288 Ass
  • atte Cripe 1327 SR 1340 NI


This name is found in pers. names de la Gripe (1265 SAC 6, 220), ate Gripe (1279Ass , 1322 Ipm), de la Cripe , de la Kripe (1288Ass ), atte Cripe (1327 SR, 1340 NI), all belonging to persons in Cocking parish. It is apparently the word grip , still used in Sussex of a small ditch or drain (Parish). This perhaps goes back to OE  grype , 'drain,' and certainly suits the site, for Crypt lies in a small deep-cut valley. We should have expected however some forms in u or e , ME  grupe , grepe . For confusion of initial c and g , v. IPN 114 and PN NbDu 266. The modern form is probably the result of an attempt to emphasise its situation.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement