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Survey of English Place-Names

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Frillinghurst Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Chiddingfold

Historical Forms

  • Frythynghurst t.Ed2 Loseley
  • Frithinghurstmede 1370 MinAcct
  • Frydynghurst 1549 FF
  • Asshurst 1252 Ass 1332 SR
  • Asshehurst 1255 Ass
  • Frydinghurst al. Ashurst 1917 SRSxxviii


Frillinghurst Wood is Frythynghurst t. Ed 2Loseley , Frithinghurstmede 1370MinAcct , Frydynghurst 1549FF . 'Wood of one Frið ,' this being a pet-form of OE  names in Friðu - (v. ing , hyrst ), ing being used here connectively. Wallenberg (KPN 97) takes the Frið - in Friððingden (BCS 316, 459), now Frittenden (K), to be a lost OE  *fyrhðing , 'a wooded district,' and Friezley (K), close at hand, Friðesleah , Friðesleas (BCS 316, 459) to be a genitival compound of OE  fyrhþ (e ), 'woodland.' It should be noted, however, that apart from these two names, which can more naturally be explained in other ways, we have no evidence that fyrhþe ever became frið in OE. Further, this explanation of Frittenden involves a word for whose existence we have no independent evidence, while the explanation of Friezley involves an awkward genitival compound. The recorded personal name Frið on the other hand gives an entirely natural explanation of all three names. An alternative early name for the manor was Asshurst 1252Ass , 1332 SR (p), Asshehurst 1255Ass , Frydinghurst al. Ashurst 1917 SRS xxviii. v. æsc .