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.

Dean Brook

Early-attested site in the Parish of Himbleton

Historical Forms

  • Denebrigge 1275 Ass
  • pontem de la Dene 13th Pat 18th


The reference is to a bridge over the present Dean Brook, v. denu . It should be noted that the brook itself certainly does not form a 'dene' if we think of any deep-cut or well-marked valley.