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Crowley's Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Wootton Wawen

Historical Forms

  • Creule 1270 ADi
  • Cruleye 1327 SR
  • Crowele 1332 ib


Crowley's Fm (6″) is Creule 1270 AD i, Cruleye 1327 SR, Crowele 1332 ib., Croweleys 1389 (all p). As the forms are all derived from pers. names, the name may be of manorial origin, the family having come from elsewhere. Otherwise, we might derive it from the lost OE  *creowel , ME  crewel , crowel , found in Croughton (PN Nth 51) and Cryfield supra 182.It lies where two roads fork. Hence 'leahby the fork.'