Great Rowsley

Great Rowsley, Derbyshire

Great Rowsley, in the High Peak Hundred of Derbyshire, comes from either the Old Norse male personal name Hrólfr or the Old English male personal name Hroðwulf. The second element is Old English leah ‘A forest, wood, glade, clearing; (later) a pasture, meadow’, so if the first element is the Old Norse personal name then it is a hybrid place-name. The affix ‘great’ was a later addition to distinguish this Rowsley from Little Rowsley in the Darley Parish of the High Peak Hundred.

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Derbyshire, hybrid name, personal-name, place-name

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Image © Peter Barr, via Geograph, CC BY-SA 2.0


Kenneth Cameron, The Place-Names of Derbyshire I. English Place-Name Society Volume XXVII (1993), p. 163.