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Survey of English Place-Names

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Norton le Clay

Major Settlement in the Parish of Cundall

Historical Forms

  • Norton(e) 1086 DB
  • Norton(e) in le Drit 1301 LS
  • Norton(e) in the Cley 1536 YChant
  • Norton(e) in luto 1578 FF


'North farm' v. norþ , tun . The affix drit is from ON  drit 'dirt'; Lat. lutum = OE  clæg 'clay'; all these words refer to the clayey, swampy nature of the land round Norton. For le , v. Barton le Willows 38supra . 'North,' perhaps in relation to Boroughbridge, three miles to the south.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement