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Wythwood Cottage

Early-attested site in the Parish of King's Norton

Historical Forms

  • Witeurde 1086 DB
  • Withwurthe 1221 Ass
  • Withewrthe 1237 Bracton
  • Wytheworth, Wycheworth 1283 Cl 1285 Pat
  • Withworth Heath 1587 ADiii
  • Withworth 1661 FF
  • Withwood Heath and Green 1820 G


It is difficult to make any other suggestion than that the first element in this name must be OE  wiðig, and the second worð, hence 'enclosure by the withies.' Cf. Lindsworth supra 355.For late confusion of worth and wood , cf. PN NbDu 268,