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Early-attested site in the Parish of Stoke Prior

Historical Forms

  • in bridenan brygge, bridenan brygge 770 BCS204 11th
  • bridenebricge 11th Heming


This contains the OE  breden , briden or bryden , an adj. denoting 'made of planks,' from OE  bred , 'plank,' and brycg , so that the whole name means 'plank-bridge.' A further example of this name is found in the Halesowen Court Rolls, in the form Bredenbruge , la Brydenebrug s.a. 1306 and 1307. It is possible that a last trace of this name is to be found in the Breedon Brook of the 1649 Survey of Stoke.