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 Cumwhitton

Historical Forms

  • Brokelwaithy Brokelwayth 1441 Pat
  • Brokell wathe 1589 ExchKR
  • mouth of Brockall-wath c.1683 MH
  • Broklewath 1794 MapH


There is a ford here, so in spite of the slightly irregular form waith , the final element is probably vað , 'ford.' The first element is obscure. It may be a reduction of the common brocc-hol, 'badger set.'