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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of March

Historical Forms

  • Chain Bridge c.1825 O.S.


Chainbridge is Chain Bridge c. 1825 O.S. Cf. the Chare 1576 Saxton, 1607 Kip, (the lake called) the Old Chair (e )1637 BedL, the Chaine called March Chaine 1680Wisb , March Chaine Bank 1714 ib., Old Chayre 1747 Kitchin. Chain is apparently a late corruption of Chare , the name of an old stream here. Cf. Chain Fm supra 226.