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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Pontefract

Historical Forms

  • Brakenhil(l) c.1090,c.1160 Pont Hy2 Ch 1230
  • Brackanhil 1119–2 Pont
  • Brachehel 1122 ib
  • Brackeneil 1135–6 ib
  • Brakenehil c.1220 ib


Brackenhill (lost), Brakenhil (l )c. 1090, c. 1160 Pont, Hy 2 (1230) Ch, Brackanhil 1119–2 Pont, Brachehel 1122 ib, Brackeneil 1135–6 ib, Brakenehil c. 1220 ib. This appears to be a different place from Brackenhill in Ackworth (94infra ) and to have been near Penny Lane on the borders of Purston Jaglin (cf. 1220 Pont), v. brakni , hyll .