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.

Deadman's Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Purleigh

Historical Forms

  • Deadway 1777 C 1805 O
  • Dod(de)were t.Hy8 AOMB 1540 MinAcct
  • Dod(d)warre 1547 Pat


Deadman's Fm is Deadway 1777 C, 1805 O. This is a comparatively recent reconstruction of Deadaway Bridge (6″), itself a late corruption of Dod (de )were t. Hy 8AOMB , 1540MinAcct , Dod (d )warre 1547 Pat. 'Dodda 's fishing-weir,' v. wer . Cf. also Dodeberwe 1310Extent , 'Dodda 's hill,' the site of the gallows, somewhere in the neighbourhood.