English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Burrell's Cottage and Burrell's Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Petworth

Historical Forms

  • Berewell a.1245 BM 1261 Ass c.1280 Perc 1296,1327 SR


There can be little doubt that these names are connected, though the phonetic development is irregular. The name perhaps means 'barley-stream,' i.e. stream by which barley grows, but where the site was we do not know. Possibly it has no actual topographical connexion with the two places named, for there was a family of this name in the neighbourhood (v. Perc 393, 407.409).