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Early-attested site in the Parish of Kingston upon Hull

Historical Forms

  • Dritpol, Dridpol, Dripold 1086 DB
  • Dripol(e), Drypol(e) t.John 1226 FF 1231 Ass 1534 FF
  • Dripule, Drypule 1165 Nunkeel 1221–35 Melsa
  • Drypull 1373 Pat
  • Dryphull 1381 ADi
  • Dripoll(e), Drypoll(e) 1246 Ass 1293 Meaux 1307 YI 1478 YD
  • Driepol, Dryepol 1255 FF 1292 YI 1293 Pat 1297 LS
  • Drypoyll 1473 NCWills
  • Dreypole, Dreypooles 1536,1541 FF


The DB spellings with Drit -, Drid - suggest that the name is to be connected with OScand  drit 'dirt,' but the long vowel ī (indicated by the spellings Drie - and later Drey -, as well as by the modern form) is against this and we must suppose that as in Driffield supra 153 the t (d ) is inorganic. The forms with pul (e ) are from 14th- and 15th-century manuscripts and represent a common Northern spelling of OE ō (cf. Rudston supra 98).'Dry pool,' v. dryge , pol , or (if we take into account the Drit -, Drid - spellings) 'dried up pool,' from OE  drȳged , past part. of drȳgean 'to dry,' in reference to a pool which has been drained or the like.