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Re: Topcliffe to Topley, official proof
Posted by: Colin Topley Date: December 31, 2001 at 06:36:04
In Reply to: Re: William Topley born about 1660 Norfolk by Sonia Kuznetsov of 92

Hi Sonia, happy New Year & thanks for the mention.
I very recently found documents in the UK PRO archive which date from around the 16th & 18th centuries. These documents are short & only concern the age & place of birth of foot soldiers. In the earlier documents, their Yorkshire birthplace is spelled "Topliffe" & in the later ones, "Topley" . There is also a place in Derbyshire, not too far south of Yorkshire, called Topley.
Interestingly, here in Kent there is a village called Trottiscliffe (near Maidstone where I work in Police HQ), this name has always been pronounced by all local people (& still is) as ... Trozley! It was even spelled this way in Victorian maps. Similarly, the name Hinkley / Hinckley is of the same origin as Hinchcliffe.
The word "cliff" is of Scandinavian (Viking) origin & is thus almost always found in the northern & Midland counties which were part of the Danelaw. The places in the southern counties having cliff in their names are all of relatively recent foundation.
ll the best
Colin Topley

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