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Survey of English Place-Names

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Riffa Beck, Riffa Fm, Riffa Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Leathley

Historical Forms

  • Reufhahestanes iuxta Crauenegate e.13 Font
  • Riffowe 1520 FF
  • Riffey 1768 LdsM
  • Riffa 1716,1777 Glebe
  • Riffa Beck, Riffa Wood 1848 TA89


Riffa Beck, Riffa Fm, Riffa Wood, probably identical with Reufhahestanes iuxta Crauenegate e. 13 Font, Riffowe 1520 FF, Riffey 1768 LdsM, Riffa 1716, 1777Glebe , Riffa Beck , Riffa Wood 1848TA 89. Probably 'fox hill', v. refr , haugr , cf. Reevy iii, 9supra . Reufhahestanes was probably further north on Stainburn Moor near the head of West Beck (which becomes Riffa Beck downstream). On Crauenegate cf. 37supra .