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.

Cooper Bridge

Early-attested site in the Parish of Dewsbury

Historical Forms

  • le Couford 1336 WCR
  • Cowford(e)brigge 1484 Testiii
  • Cowford(e)bridge 1577 Holinshed
  • Cowper bridge 1638 SessnR 1647 Hlm
  • Cooper Bridge, a close called Cowfford 1770 Arm


Cooper Bridge, le Couford 1336WCR , Cowford (e )brigge 1484 Test iii, Cowford (e )bridge 1577 Holinshed, Cowper bridge 1638 SessnR, 1647 Hlm, Cooper Bridge , a close called Cowfford 1770 Arm. 'Ford which cows could use', v. , ford ; the bridge was already in existence in 1336 and in need of repair in 1484; a new bridge of stone was to be built in 1639. The modern form Cooper Bridge arises from folk-etymology.