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Frodesley

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Frodeslege 1086 DB
  • Frodsly 1569 PR(H) 1781 PRCardington
  • Froddesl' 1208-9 ForProc
  • Froddesleye 1313 SBL3609
  • Froddesley 1431 FA 1437 SBL6690 1726 PR(L) 1776 PRCardington
  • Froddesly 1720 PRShifnal
  • Fredesleg' 1242 Fees 1255 RH
  • Fredesley 1271-2 Ass
  • Fridesleye 1271-2,92-5 Ass
  • Fredeslegh 1290 Cl
  • Fredesleye 1297 ChanR
  • Frodel' 1261-2 ForProc
  • Frodeleye 1271-2 1397 Pat
  • Frodligh' 1267 Cl
  • Frenslye, Frendeslye 1271-2 Ass
  • Frondesli 1272 Cl
  • Fordisley c.1540 Leland
  • Frodgley 1584,1731 PR(L) 1707 PR(L) 1710 PR(L)
  • Frogley 1595,1673,87 PR(L)
  • Frodgsley 1653 ib
  • Frodgly 1667 PR(L)
  • Frodgeley 1679 1705 PR(L)
  • Frogely 1700 ib
  • Fragly 1642 PR(L)
  • Fragley 1674,84 ib
  • Frageley 1680 ib
  • Fradgley alias Frodesley 1676 PR(L)

Etymology

'Frōd's clearing', v. lēah . The development of the vowel of Frōd resembles that in Frodsham Ch (PN Ch 3, 221-2), where there are some ME  Fred - spellings, and a single Frid -. In the Ch name, however, Frad - spellings are much earlier, starting with Fradesham 1245. Frodsham, like Frodesley, has some spellings with -dd -.

The Frodesley , Frodsly spellings have been grouped together because it is impossible to determine the date at which a disyllabic pronunciation became usual. The Frodesley spellings (which persist to today) cannot all represent a trisyllabic pronunciation.

The development to Frodg (e )ley has yielded one of the alternative local pronunciations: the name is either [frʌʤli] or [frɔdzli]. There are parallels for this, the closest noted being Mudgley So, for which DEPN gives early spellings Mudesle 1157, Modeslega 1176. Mudgedown Gl may also be compared: PN Gl 3, 2 gibes the spellings Modelesdon 1322, Moddesdone 1327, Mudgedown 1777.

The Frogley spellings have been grouped with the Frodg (e )ley ones on the assumption that all of them represent a pronunciation with [ʤ]. This consideration applies also to Fragl (e )y , Frageley , Fradgley .

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