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Early-attested site in the Parish of Bolton by Bowland

Historical Forms

  • Feldinggate 1189 Sawl28
  • Fildyngate, Fildingate 1205–11 1230–40 Cockers
  • Fildinggate e.13,c.1250 Puds
  • Fildeingate 1269 Sawl9d


Fildingate (lost), Feldinggate 1189Sawl 28, Fildyngate , Fildingate 1205–11 ib 11d, 1230–40 Cockers, Fildinggate e. 13, c. 1250 Puds, Fildeingate 1269Sawl 9d, cf. also Fyldyngthorn , -y -1205–11, 1269Sawl 9d, 11d. The road (v. gata ) was apparently the lane between Bolton and Monubent Head, as shown by the bounds in Sawl 11d, 28, and not far from Fox Gill (according to e. 13 Puds). It is a further example of the frequent type Fielden Way, etc. (Wa 8, 15), and denotes either 'the road of the field-dwellers' (from OE  fildena , gen.pl. of filde 2 ) or 'road through the open country' (from OE  filden, adj. from feld ): it may be noted that field is only common as an el. in the f.ns. of this parish for the farms near this road. v. also þorn 'thorn-tree'.