Makerfield

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Makerfield is an area in North West England. It is now split between the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan in Greater Manchester, and the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens in Merseyside, both within the historic county boundaries of Lancashire.

Places in the area include Ince-in-Makerfield, Ashton-in-Makerfield and Newton-in-Makerfield.

The western part of Wigan borough constitutes the Makerfield parliamentary constituency.

Etymology[edit]

The name Makerfield may be the same place as Maserfelth recorded by Bede,[1] and derived from Brittonic *magẹ:r , meaning "a wall" (adopted from Latin māceria > Welsh magwyr, Breton moger; compare Magor, Wales).[1] In the Latin of Bede's time, there was no "K", he would have spelt it Macerfelth, which may easily have been corrupted to Maserfelth.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b James, Alan. "A Guide to the Place-Name Evidence" (PDF). SPNS - The Brittonic Language in the Old North. Retrieved 25 November 2018.

Coordinates: 53°30′N 2°37′W / 53.500°N 2.617°W / 53.500; -2.617