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Okle Clifford

Early-attested site in the Parish of Newent

Historical Forms

  • Acle 1221 Ass
  • Eclam (sic) 1240 Monast
  • Eaclam 1291 Heref
  • Ocle 1318,1394,1508 FF 1327 SR 1508 FF
  • Ocle Clifford, Ocle Clyfford 1540 Monast 1543 MinAcct
  • Ocull 1587 FF
  • Ocley c.1580 LRMB
  • Ocley Clifford, Ocley Clyfford c.1560 Surv 1627 FF


Probably 'oak clearing', v. āc , lēah ; on the variant forms of the suffix cf. LMS i, 49–51. The affix is the Clifford family name; the neighbouring manor of Dymock was granted to Walter de Clifford in 1221.