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Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Alne

Historical Forms

  • A(l)deuuerc 1086 DB
  • Aldwerc 1176 P
  • Aldewerk(e) 1175–1203 YCh 1410 YI
  • Audewerk 1224,1230 FF
  • Aldewark 1316 Vill Eliz Test 1399
  • Oldewarke 1536 YChant


'The ancient fortification,' v. (e)ald, weorc . Similar names are Aldwark (Db) and a lost Aldwark in York, found in 'regiam stratam de Aldewerk ' in 1331 (Leon 75). There are now no traces of fortifications of any kind at Aldwark.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site