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Survey of English Place-Names

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Longham Bridge, Longham Fm & Longham Ho

Early-attested site in the Parish of Hampreston

Historical Forms

  • Longeham 1541 Glyn
  • Longham 1575 Saxton
  • Longham (Head') 1583 Glyn
  • Longham Bridge 1756 Hutch1 1774
  • Long Ham 1811 OS


Longham Bridge, Longham Fm & Longham Ho (SZ 066986), Longeham 1541Glyn , Longham 1575 Saxton, Longham (Head ')1583Glyn , Longham Bridge 1756 (1774) Hutch1, Long Ham 1811 OS, 'long enclosure', or perhaps 'long part of Ham(preston)', v. lang 1 , hamm , with hēafod probably in the sense 'promontory, spit of land round which a river flows' with reference to the course of R. Stour here. This place is possibly to be identified with Hamme (D )aumarle (v. par. name supra ) as suggested in DoNHAS 22127, and is probably also Esthamme 1280, 1288Ass , Estehame Preston '1288ib , Yest Hamme 1321 Drew, villa de Est Hamme , Esthamme 1333HarlCh , cf. claus ' voc ' Eastham 1621CH , Longham being situated ¾ mile ESE of Hampreston, v. ēast .