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.

Dockham Ditch

Early-attested site in the Parish of Gloucester

Historical Forms

  • Dockeham 1545 LP


Dockham Ditch, Dockeham 1545 LP, cf. also Dock Lane (128 supra from 1455), which is named from it. 'Water-meadow overgrown with docks', v. docce , hamm , dīc ; it is an alternative name for the Twyver which marks the eastern limit of Mean Ham. Rudder 85 said it was so called because barges and trows were built there, but that use of dock to denote 'a basin for a ship' or 'a cut to take a boat' is not found before the 16th century (cf. NED s.v.). The name occurs elsewhere (iii, 116 infra ).