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.

Farming Woods

Early-attested site in the Parish of Brigstock

Historical Forms

  • boscus de Ferma c.1220 For
  • la Ferme, Ferme 1235,1242 Cl
  • boscus de Fermes t.Ed1 PeterbB 1281 Pat 1290 Ipm 1382 Cl
  • Ferminwod 1229 Cl
  • Fremyngwodes 1375 Pat
  • Fermyng Wood 1551 Pat
  • ballium de Firma de Bricstok, Firma de Bricstok 1248 Seld13
  • in bosco de Firma 1254 ib


The original name seems to have been descriptive of a piece of woodland held at a farm (ME  ferme ) or rent. How Fermewood later became Ferming-wood or Farming-wood , unless it be through some process of folk-etymology, is obscure. Cf. further Farmyngeshawe t. Ed 3For . For such a late and hybrid ing - compound we may however compare Templeton (Berks), held by the Knights Templars, which is called Templington templariorum in 1284 (Ass ).