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Woodbridge, Woodbridge Ho, Woodbridge Mill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Fontmell Magna

Historical Forms

  • (on) wde brigthe, (to) wde bricge, (to) wdebrige 932 ShaftR(S419) 15
  • (oð) wdebrige, (of) wudebricge 963 15 ib
  • Woodbridge 1618 Map
  • Wood Bridge 1842 TA(ComptonA.)


Woodbridge, Woodbridge Ho, Woodbridge Mill (ST 847183), (on ) wde brigthe , (to ) wde bricge , (to ) wdebrige 932 (15) ShaftR (S 419), ( ) wdebrige , (of ) wudebricge 963 (15) ib (S 710), Woodbridge 1618Map , Wood Bridge 1842TA (Compton A.), cf. Wodebryggemede , Wodebrygg (e )wode 1395MiltC , 1395 (e15) MiltRoll , probably 'the wooden bridge' rather than 'the bridge in or by a wood' (although cf. the last form), v. wudu , brycg , mǣd , cf. the identical Woodbridge Sf (DEPN). The 10th cent. forms are from the Anglo-Saxon bounds of Fontmell M. and E Orchard. An E–W road crosses R. Stirchel here.