English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Rhotteridge Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Melksham

Historical Forms

  • Raderygge 1331 For
  • Raderigge 1334 Aubrey
  • Raderigg 1419 IpmR
  • Ratarigge 1490 DuLa
  • Rotteridge 1618 FF


Rhotteridge Fm is Raderygge 1331For , Raderigge 1334 Aubrey, Raderigg 1419 IpmR, Ratarigge 1490DuLa , Rotteridge 1618FF .The early forms suggest the possibility of an interpretation 'red ridge' from read and hrycg , but local enquiry does not much favour such an interpretation even if we bear in mind the use of OE  rēad in the sense 'golden-brown' (cf. Red Shore infra 318).There is sand here, mixed with a certain amount of gravel.