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Survey of English Place-Names

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Bridge Petton

Early-attested site in the Parish of Gosforth

Historical Forms

  • moram de Brigerpetin c.1285 Netherhall
  • Briggepeting 1303 Pat
  • Briggpetton 1586 CW(OS)viii
  • Brigg Petton 1596 PR


This seems to be an inversion compound, with ON  bryggja as the first element. But the medial -er - of the first form complicates the derivation, unless the plural bryggjur , 'quays', be postulated, and the name must be left unexplained.