9 October 2010
I am trying to find information about how SWALLOWS CROSS got its name for my father.
Information I've found so far, indicates that the area might have once belonged to a FRANCES and ANN SWALLOW (their names are mentioned in archives dated 1657 and 1768 and possibly named after them and may also have been part of THOBY PRIORY ESTATE.
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6 November 2010
Whilst waiting for some documents to arrive from the store at the Essex Record Office I took a look at P H Reaney’s ‘The Place Names of Essex’ (Cambridge, 1935).
The entry reads:
Swallows Cross, Blackmore
“Swallows Cross is Swallow Cross c.1702 Bramston”.
“Bramston (penes Essex Archaeological Society, Colchester)”.