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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Beckley

Historical Forms

  • Oxenebrigg 1279 Ass 1293 Ch
  • Oxenebrigg 1352 Ass


Oxenbridge is Oxenebrigg 1279Ass (p), 1293 Ch (p), Oxenebrigg 1352Ass . The name seems self-explanatory but the place lies high and there seems no reason for a bridge. Possibly the farm takes its name from a bridge across the Rother, a mile to the east. There is the same difficulty about the topography of Oxenbridge in Iden infra 531, where again there can be no need of a bridge at the farm, though there are one or two streams near.