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.

The Undertakers

Early-attested site in the Parish of Cottenham


The Undertakers. This is part of the land granted to those who undertook 'effectively to drain and dry the whole level and latitude of the Fens.' Undertakers were distinct from adventurers who 'adventured' their capital. Cf. Adventurers' Land infra 292.