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.

Scarnet Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Ripley

Historical Forms

  • Scarnwah 1482 RipAct
  • Skarne Wath 1576 Wheater
  • Askwin Wath als. Scaro Wath 1767 Comm


Scarnet Wood, Scarnwah 1482 RipAct, Skarne Wath 1576 Wheater, Askwin Wath als. Scaro Wath 1767 Comm. 'Dirty ford, v. skarn 'filth', vað . The site of the old ford across Thornton Beck is marked on 6″ O.S. (137 SW): it is actually in Ripley about ½ mile upstream from Scarah Bridge and about 100 yards from Scarnet Wood.Askwin - may be an old pers.n.; Scaro - is influenced by the form of Scarah Bridge 102infra .