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Early-attested site in the Parish of Hendon

Historical Forms

  • le Crikeldwode (sic) 1294 GDR
  • Crikeledewod 1321 BlBk
  • Crikeledewode 1394 Cor
  • Crykyll Wood 1509 AllSouls
  • Crekyll Woddes 1525 WAM
  • Crekle Woods 1553 ib
  • Cricklewood 1680 S
  • Krickle Wood 1754 R


Cricklewood is le Crikeldwode (sic)1294GDR , Crikeledewod 1321 BlBk, Crikeledewode 1394Cor , Crykyll Wood 1509All Souls , Crekyll Woddes 1525WAM , Crekle Woods 1553 ib., Cricklewood 1680 S, Krickle Wood 1754 R. The early forms given here make it difficult to take the first part of this name to be a compound of British cruc , 'hill' and OE  hyll, as suggested by Ekwall (DEPN s. n .), and in addition to the formal difficulty, though there is a hill here it is not of the abrupt distinctive type which we find in such places as Crich (Db).More probably the first element is a participial adjective derived from the dial. crickle (v. EDD), 'to bend, give way,' the adjective being descriptive of the outline of the wood. The place is partly in Willesden.