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.

Ruddery Spring

Early-attested site in the Parish of Ashwell

Historical Forms

  • Redderethe, Rederethelane 1406 Ct
  • Ridderethefelde 1469 StJohns
  • Reddereth 1294 SR


Ruddery Spring (6″) is Redderethe , Rederethelane 1406Ct , Ridderethefelde 1469StJohns , and was near the home of William de Reddereth (1294SR ). This would seem to be a compound of OE  hryðer, 'cattle' and riþ, 'streamlet.' For the loss of the final consonant, cf. Shottery (PN Wa 239–40). v. spring infra 259.