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Lee Brockhurst

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Lege 1086 DB 1392 Fine
  • Legh' sub Brokhurst 1271-2 Ass
  • Leye subtus Brochurst 1284-5 FA
  • Leye subtus Brockhurst 1316 FA
  • Le 1203-4 Ass
  • Lee 1318 SRO2821/1 c.1540 Leland 1577 Saxton 1675 Ogilby
  • Leebrockhurst 1608 PR(L)
  • Lee Brockhurst 1665 SBL8383
  • Lyegh, Liegh subtus Brochurst 1331 HAC
  • Lyghe under Brokhurst 1414 Fine
  • Lye subtus Brochurst 1336 HAC
  • Lye subtus Brokehurst Hy6 SBL6173

Etymology

Lee is from OE  lēah 'woodland clearing'. Brockhurst means 'wooded hill frequented by badgers', and this name occurs also in Wa.

The wood called Brockhurst was mainly in Wem Parish.Preston in Moreton Corbet was also 'sub(tus)' Brockhurst, i.e. on its outer fringes. The 13th- and 14th-cent. references are to the wood. There is a settlement called Brockhurst in Wem parish, on a hill for which the word hyrst is appropriate, but no references to this have been noted earlier than 1748 PR(L) 10.

Mr Foxall's map for this parish, which he dated 1834–48, combines information from the Tithe Award map with some from an estate map of Sir Roland Hill. The reference TA is used for this, but it should be understood as referring in this instance to the map in the Foxall set.