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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Langrigg and Mealrigg

Historical Forms

  • Midelrig' 1189 HolmC
  • Middelrig' 1201 ChR
  • Middelrigg' 1292 Ass
  • Melderige 1439 IpmR
  • Milrig 1549 FF
  • Mealrigg 1576 FF
  • Meldrigg 1599 NB
  • Mealdriggs 1610 Denton


'Middle ridge,' v. hrycg . The reason for the name is obscure. The development to Mealrigg is illustrated by the 1439 form, where metathesis of -dl - to -ld - has taken place; at a later date –d - the middle consonant of three, disappeared.

Places in the same Parish

Other OS name

Early-attested site

Major Settlement