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 Langley

Historical Forms

  • Colebroc 1146 Abingd c.1225
  • Colebrok(e) 1337 Cl 1338 Misc 1364 Cl
  • Colbrok 1392 Pat 1404 ADi
  • Colbroke 1400,1505 Pat 1526 LS
  • Colbrook 1425 Pat
  • Cawlbroke 1537 LP
  • Collebrooke 1608 HMS
  • Col(e)brook 1675 Ogilby


The complete absence of any forms with n in early times shows that the name of this brook has been influenced by that of the Colne itself. The first element is really the pers. name Cola , hence 'Cola's brook.'

Places in the same Parish