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.

Cargo Fleet

Early-attested site in the Parish of Middlesbrough

Historical Forms

  • Caldecotes, Kaldecotes 12 Whitby 1301 LS
  • Caldcottes 1288 YI
  • Cawkers Nab 1624 Terrier


For this common type of place-name v. cot . The identification of Caldecotes with Cargo Fleet was first suggested by Canon Atkinson, and it is made more certain by the last spelling provided by Major Turton. The development of Cald - to Caw - is quite regular. Cargo Fleet is near the Port of Middlesborough and the change from Cawker to Cargo arises from the similarity of sound of the two words and from association with the business of the port.

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement