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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Hemyock

Historical Forms

  • Madecomb 1330,1333 SR
  • Madecome 1349 Ass
  • Matcombe 1538–44 ECP8,11


Probably 'Mada 's combe,' v. Madworthy supra 130. Mada would be a pet form of OE  pers. names in Mǣð -, in this case probably Mǣþhere , judging by the early spelling of Madford infra 618. The two places are about a mile apart and may take their names from the same man. For the modern form of the name, cf. Stockham, Rockham supra 399, 602.