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Preston Brockhurst

Major Settlement in the Parish of Moreton Corbet

Historical Forms

  • Preston(e) 1086 DB
  • Preston' 1255 RH 1334 SR
  • Preston T(h)oret 1255 RH
  • Preston' Turet 1255-6 Ass
  • Preston 1284-5 FA 1302 Ipm 1395 AD
  • Preston' Taret, Preston' Corbet, Preston' subtus Brokhurst 1291-2 Ass
  • Preston Brokhurst 1385 Fine 1494 Ipm
  • Preston Brakhurst 1655 PR(L)
  • Preston Brockhurst 1669 SBL15748
  • Preston Brockall 1675 Ogilby
  • Preston Brockas 1747 PR(L)
  • Presin Brockhouse 1684 PR(L)
  • Presson Brokust 1697 PR(L)

Etymology

Neither of the DB estates was in ecclesiastical ownership, so the use of the estate for the upkeep of priests was presumably pre-Conquest. The affix Brockhurst refers to the position of the settlement on the fringes of the wood of that name. This is discussed under Lee Brockhurst. The affixes Corbet and Toret are discussed under Moreton Corbet (Preston Brockhurst is in Moreton Corbet parish).