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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Wem

Historical Forms

  • Brokhurst, Brochurste 1290 Ipm
  • Brochurst 1342 HAC
  • Brokhurst 1369 Ipm
  • Brockhurst 1588 SRO322box2


A compound of brocc 'badger' and hyrst 'wooded hill', which occurs also in minor ns. in Ch, Db, Wa. The above references are to a wood in Wem. The settlement is Wem Brocaist 1748, Brockhorst 1750, Brockhurst 1758, all PR(L) 10. This settlement and a house called The Hill stand on an oval hill of 300', a classic hyrst site.

Places in the same Parish

Other OS name

Early-attested site