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.

Bourton Brake

Early-attested site in the Parish of Buckingham

Historical Forms

  • The Breach c.1825 O


The dialectal breach , 'land broken up by the plough,' used locally a few years ago (Harman), has unfortunately, here and elsewhere on the modern O.S. maps, been replaced by the word brake . Cf. la Breche in Chetwode (FF 1240).

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement