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.

Hardacre Gate

Early-attested site in the Parish of Gisburn

Historical Forms

  • Ald(h)ekergarth, Ald(h)ekergerht, Ald(h)ekergard(t) Ric1,13,Ed1 Puds
  • Aldeekergat c.1250 ib
  • Oldekilgarth, Veterem Hekelgarth 1280–90 Puds


Hardacre Gate, probably originally Ald (h )ekergarth , Ald (h )ekergerht , Ald (h )ekergard (t )Ric 1, 13, Ed 1 Puds, Aldeekergat c. 1250 ib, Oldekilgarth , Veterem Hekelgarth 1280–90 Puds. 'The old enclosure where flax was heckled', v. ald , ME  hekel , garðr , with -er - instead of -el - through AN  influence; the later form of the name is partly dialectal, reinforced by the local surname Hardaker (1379 PT vii, 68).

Places in the same Parish

Other OS name

Early-attested site