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.

Mincing Lane

Early-attested site in the Parish of Chobham

Historical Forms

  • menechene Rude 675 BCS 13th
  • Mincing Rid 1765 R
  • Ride 1774 AandD


Mincing Lane (6″) is so named in 1842 (TA ) and no doubt takes its name from the same nuns as menechene Rude 675 (13th) BCS 34, Menechenerude 1485, Mynsing Ryde 1607Norden , Mincing Rid 1765 R, Ride 1774 A and D, i.e. 'nuns' clearing,' v. myncen and cf. Mincing Lane (London). The second element is OE  *rīed , *rȳd , v. infra 364. The Ride was on Chobham Common near Broomhall on the Berkshire border, and the nuns were the nuns of Broomhall (SAC i, 88 n.).