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Purn Croft

Field in the Parish of Winfrith Newburgh

Historical Forms

  • 1843 TA
  • Purnel ( le ) croft 1843 TA 1412 Weld 1478 Weld
  • Purnil ( le ) crof ( f ) t ( t ) e ( s ) 1412 Weld 1413 Weld 1461 Rent
  • Purnyl ( le ) crof ( f ) t ( t ) e ( s ) 1412 Weld 1413 Weld 1461 Rent
  • Purnellescroft 1474 MinAcct
  • Purnecrof ( f ) t ( e ) 1413 Weld 1652 Weld
  • Purnecraft end 1682 Weld
  • Purnelle de Bosco 1280 Hutch

Etymology

Purn Croft(Purnel(le)croft 1392, 1412, 1478, Purnil(le)crof(f)t(t)e(s), Purnyl(le)crof(f)t(t)e(s)1412, 1413, 1461, Purnellescroft 1474, Purnecrof(f)t(e) 1413 et freq to 1652, Purnecraft end 1682(the fem. pers.n. Pernel, Purnel, a contractedform of Petronilla, with croft; the name should probably be connected withthe ½ virgate of land in Chaldon Herring granted to Bindon Abbey byPurnelle de Bosco in 1280 Hutch3 1 351)