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.

Crockerton Hill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Cranborne

Historical Forms

  • Crokkerneweye 1325 MinAcct
  • Crockherne yate e17 CecilMap


Crockerton Hill (SU 046167), probably to be associated with Crokkerneweye 1325MinAcct , Crockherne yate e17CecilMap , 'way to the pottery, gate at the pottery', from crocc and ærn , with weg and geat , cf. Crockern Stoke in Haselbury B. par. supra ; Crockerton may mean 'farm or hill at Crokkerne ', or 'farm or hill of the potters', v. tūn , dūn , croccere . For other evidence of pot-making in the old par. of Cranborne, cf. Crendell and Old Pottery Kiln in Alderholt par. supra , Potterne Fm in Verwood par. infra , and the f.n. Potten Hill infra .