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.

Hoback Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Wimpole

Historical Forms

  • Holbeke (next the Comon Ree) 1512 Hardwicke
  • Hobeck Ryddye 1593 Christ's
  • Holback Ridye, the river Hoeback 1836 EnclA


Hoback Fm is Holbeke (next the Comon Ree )1512Hardwicke . This is named from the Hobeck Ryddye 1593Christ 's , Holback Ridye , the river Hoeback 1836EnclA , apparently the small stream flowing near the farm to the Cam. Cf. Hoback Fm supra 68 and Gransden Brook supra 6. Ryddye is OE  rīðig, 'small stream.'