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Survey of English Place-Names

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Sheppen Fields

Early-attested site in the Parish of Church Pulverbatch

Historical Forms

  • Shupene 1291-2 Ass 1301 SAC
  • La Shupene 1339 SBL3616
  • Chepinfelde 1464 HAC
  • Shippen Fields 1688 SBL3469A
  • Shippen Feilds 1722 SBL3451
  • Sheppenfields, Shepherds Fields 1735 SBL3459
  • Shippon Field 1756 SBL3496
  • Shopanffields 1780 SBL3398
  • Lower and Upper Shopen Fields 1789 SBL6581
  • Shepton Fields, Sheppen Fields, Shippen Field Hedge c.1790 SBL6579

Etymology

OE  scypen, 'cattle-shed'. The Latin equivalent, Boveria , is used in HAC for an extensive farm which was set up here in 1204 (HAC 10-11). Both sheep and cattle were managed from this centre. Upper Shopen Fields in the 1789 ref. was a farmhouse higher up Cothercott Hill (VCH VIII133).