English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Rushcroft Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Artington

Historical Forms

  • Rettescroft 1225 Ass
  • Rattescroft 1294 FF
  • Rattescrofte 1332 SR


Rushcroft Fm (6″) is so named in 1841 (TA ) and probably gave name to Nicholas de Rettescroft (1225Ass ), Gilbert de Rattescroft (1294 FF) and Thomas de Rattescrofte (1332 SR). The first element looks like OE  ræt , 'rat,' probably used to form a contemptuous nickname for a small holding, 'rat's croft.'