stock bridge

1) A common term or minor place-name in Yorkshire, with examples from the twelfth century.

1166 Stochebrige, Arksey. A ‘stock’ could be a post, a log or a tree trunk but its exact meaning in this compound is not certain. Smith said of some of these names that they were bridges ‘made of logs’ and of others that they were made ‘from a tree trunk’, but these could have been quite different types of structure. In any case, the early dates invite a comparison with fleak bridge, rise bridge, stone bridge and trowbridge, providing us with a range of possible generic terms in the Middle Ages.

places Arksey
dates 1166

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