1) A word for a way or road out of a township or hamlet, often one which was used regularly by cattle on their way to pasture.

The term has an Old English origin and it occurs frequently in Yorkshire documents over a wide area: 1189-99 xv acris terre ... inter Vtghang Johannis de Laxington et Vtghang de Skeltun, Howden

1324 usque ad portam de Norwragrene et sic transeundo per viam suam que dicitur le Owtegange, Healaugh

1413 ‘abutted on a meadow ... on the north side and le Westutgange on the south ... the said utgang’, Bagby

c.1450 common pastur’ to all their bestes ... with fre entre and goynge owte to the mor’ by a large way, the qwhyche is called the owtegang, New Malton

c.1516 apud le owte gange abbuttandam super Todhill gate, Wombwell. A few examples point to the outgang as a way to a neighbouring locality: 1442 ‘a Watergate in the outegange which leads to the forest of Galtres’, York. Settlement sites might take their name from a location adjoining the way: 1301 De Galfrido Atteoutgang’ iiijs jd, Wath

1608 John Hyl of the outgange, Malham.

dates 1189-1199 1301 1324 1413 1442 1450 1516 1608

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