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 Holsworthy

Historical Forms

  • Northrude juxta Wyke Sancti Pancracii 1311 Ass
  • Northrude juxta Haldesworthy 1314 Ass
  • Roude 1326 Ipm
  • Northrude 1615 Recov
  • atte Rude 1333 SR


It was the home of Mabilla Blonche atte Rude (1333SR ).This may be OE  hrēod , 'reed,' referring to the marshy land just below the farm. The meaning in that case would probably be 'land where reeds grow,' as suggested by Blomé (145). Cf. Rhudemead (6″) in Pancrasweek, similarly situated.