English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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North Croft, Northcroft Ditch, Northcroft Lane

Early-attested site in the Parish of Newbury

Historical Forms

  • Northcroft 1252ā€“5 FF
  • le Northcrofte 1439ā€“40 RentSur Hy6 ib
  • Northcrofte mead 1567 Windsor
  • Northecroft lane Ed6 LRMB
  • Northcroft Lane 1745 ArchJ
  • Northcrosse lane 1547 LRMB

Etymology

North Croft, Northcroft Ditch, Northcroft Lane, Northcroft 1252–5FF , le Northcrofte 1439–40RentSur , Hy 6ib , Northcrofte mead 1567Windsor . Northcroft Lane is Northecroft lane Ed 6LRMB , Northcroft Lane 1745 ArchJ 17, and possibly Northcrosse lane 1547LRMB , v. norð , croft . This was the town meadow, and is north of the R. Kennet; presumably the meadow was named from a croft or enclosure here.