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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Woking

Historical Forms

  • Brocw(u)de 1225 ClR 1234 Bracton
  • bosco de Brocwod 1263 Ass
  • Brokewode 1289 Cl 1353 Ipm
  • Brokwodeshetth 1294 Ass
  • Brocwode t.Ed3 For 1332 SR
  • Brokewodbridge 1548 LRMB
  • Brookewood 1598 SACxxvi


Brookwood is Brocw (u )de 1225 ClR, 1234 Bracton, bosco de Brocwod 1263Ass , Brokewode 1289 Cl, 1353 Ipm, Brokwodeshetth 1294Ass , Brocwode t. Ed 3For , 1332 SR (p), Brokewodbridge 1548LRMB , Brookewood 1598 SAC xxvi. 'Brook wood,' referring to the small streams which rise here. 'Badger wood' (v. brocc ) seems less likely in view of the absence of spellings with a double c . In 1289 (Cl) we have mention of the “wood of Brokewode lying near Coresbrok. ” This probably gives us the name of the brook. Cf. also Coresbrok t. Hy 3For , t. Hy 3 AD iii, Coresbrook 1330 Ipm, Coresbrok 1354 Ipm, Coresbroke 1548LRMB , Cresbrok t. Ed 6Rental , Cos (e )bro (o )ke 1605LRMB . The first element may be the British cors , 'bog,' 'marsh,' but the persistent medial e is difficult. Cf. PN Wo 197–8, PN Sx 371.