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.

Scratchings Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Kirdford

Historical Forms

  • Cratchings 1620 Ipm


Scratchings Fm is Cratchings in 1620Ipm (VCH ). This is probably the common dialectal cratchings or scratchings (EDD s. vv .),' refuse from melting down pig's fat.' Such a word might be used as a contemptuous nickname for a farm. For forms with and without initial s , cf. Ritter in Herrig's Archiv 116, 43 ff.