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Stipershill Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Polesworth

Historical Forms

  • Stipershulla 13th Monast
  • Stipershull 1410,1418,1459 IpmR
  • Stipurshill 1498 Ipm


Stipershill Fm (6″) is Stipershulla 13th Monast, Stipershull 1410, 1418, 1459 IpmR, Stipurshill 1498 Ipm. The first element may be the OE  stipere , 'post, prop,' perhaps referring to a hill marked by such, but the s is difficult of explanation (cf. Duignan 106). There is a field called Stiper's Sand Field in another part of the parish and it may be that both alike take their rise from some ME surname of nickname type derived from this word.The early forms show that it is impossible to connect this name with the well-known Stiperstones in Shropshire (cf. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire vii, 20). See Addenda l.