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.

Raffling Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Petworth

Historical Forms

  • Rotforthyngwode 1314 Ipm
  • Rattesfarthingwood 1533 MinAcct
  • Ratfailing Wood 1590 DKR38,283
  • Rattfowlingwood 1610 PetworthEstateMap


'Wood belonging to Ratford infra 119,' v. ing . This is a clear example of a late use of ing as a connecting particle.