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Cridling Stubbs

Major Settlement in the Parish of Darrington

Historical Forms

  • Cred(e)ling, Cred(e)lyng 1155–77 YCh 1229 PatR 1316 Vill 1341 Surv
  • Cred(e)lyng stubbes 1480 MinAcct 1557,1607 FF
  • Credelinge 1210 P
  • Crid(e)linc 1156 YCh186 1173 ib
  • Crid(e)ling, Cryd(e)ling, Cryd(e)lyng 1202 FF c.1220 Pont 1296 LacyComp 1313 Pat 1323,1368 MinAcct
  • Cryd(e)lyng Stubes 1614 PRDr
  • Cryd(e)lyng Stubbs 1675 Comm53
  • Cridelinge 1229 FF 1296 LacyComp
  • Cridlinge Stubbes 1598 FF


Two p.ns. are involved in this name, Cridling itself (now represented by Cridling Park infra ) and Stubbs (infra ); the township name Cridling Stubbs denotes 'Stubbs near Cridling', and is so described to distinguish it from Hamphall Stubbs and Walden Stubbs 43, 53supra . Cridling is probably an old singular formation of a pers.n. with -ing2 , 'Cridela's or Creodela's place'; this type of p.n. is not common but is clearly established, and in cases like Cridling (where no trace of the OE plur. ending remains in ME) is preferable to an old folk-name in -ingas ; v. EPN i, 288§ 6, 289 (vii).The OE  pers.n. Cridela is not on record but is a normal -el derivative of Crida (Creoda with back-mutation). Ekwall (DEPN s.n.) has suggested that Cridling is a compound of this pers.n. Creoda and OE  hlinc 'ridge, bank', which is formally possible but unlikely, partly on topographical grounds, and partly because hlinc does not appear with certainty in Yorkshire p.ns.