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Ightfield

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Istefelt 1086 DB
  • Istefeld', Iftefeld' 1230 P
  • Istefeld 1308 Ipm
  • Hichtefeld' 1175 P
  • Hictefeld' 1177 P 1200 Cur
  • Hichtefeud 1255-6 Ass
  • Ychtefeld 1210-12 RBE
  • Yhtefeld 1214 P
  • Ichtifeld' 1228 Cur
  • Ihttefeld 1230 P
  • Yhtefelt (p), Ihttefeud 1255 RH
  • Yttefeld 1235-6 Fees
  • Ittefeld (p), Ythefeld 1271-2 Ass
  • Ittefeld' 1306-7 Ass
  • Ithtefeld 1317 Ipm, Cl
  • Ithefeld 1392 Fine
  • Hittefeld (p), Hythefeld 1235-6 Fees
  • Hitefeld 1255 RH
  • Ichefeud 1242 Fees
  • Ichefeld 1255-6 Ass
  • Ychefeld 1316 FA
  • Huchefeld', Hutefeld' 1271-2 Ass
  • Ychtesfeld 1271-2 Ass
  • Yttesfeld' 1291-2 Ass
  • Ightefeld 1284-5 FA 1363 Pat
  • Ightfelde 1376 Pat
  • Yghtfeld 1399 AD
  • Ightfield 1703 PR(L)
  • Ythfeld 1331 Ch
  • Hightfeld 1374 AD c.1540 Leland
  • Higthfeld c.1540 Leland
  • Eighfild 1675 Ogilby
  • Eitfield 1677 PR(L)
  • Eightfield 1764 PR(L)
  • Eightfields 1765 SBL4264

Etymology

'Open land by the River Giht '.

Scribal and editorial renderings of -c - and -t - may not always be correct in the above spellings, but the nature of the first element is clear enough. The forms closely resemble those for the first element of Islip in Oxfordshire, which contains a river-name spelt Gent , Giht in OE  sources, Ychte in 1185. The name did not survive - the river is now called Ray - but Ekwall, English River -Names 209, lists it under the hypothetical form Ight . There can be little doubt that Ightfield contains another instance of this river-name. The village is near the source of a long tributary of the Tern (called Bailey Brook lower down its course). The river- name has not been satisfactorily explained; it is presumed to be pre-English.

The last set of spellings suggests a pronunciation as in eight , but in modern usage Ight - has the pronunciation usual for this spelling.

The area treated here is that of the civil parish of Ightfield as shown on the 1963 OS diagram of administrative divisions in Shropshire. This includes Calverhall (also known as Corra) and Willaston which were townships of Prees in 1843 and treated as such in the TA for Prees. Fieldnames for Ightfield, Calverhall and Willaston are listed separately infra .

Places in this Parish

Field