On 4/19/01 9:36 AM Carole Biggam writes:
Most interesting, sounds right to me. But am a bit surprised about
alum at a coastal site on a river. But I could be wrong.
>> > Wonder how -Saltburn_ got its name ?
>> Actual origin is unknown. Two fairly widespread explanations I've been
>> by locals
>Bea and Mark,
>The first stop for place-name explanations is the appropriate volume of the
>English Place-Name Survey, although it's also necessary to look at later
>research. For Saltburn, the Survey finds that the earliest known reference
>dates to 1180-90 (spelt Salteburnam). They interpret this as 'salt stream'
>from Old English 's(e)alt' and 'burna', and suggest that the name refers to
>the alum found in the district. I presume this is a river-name in earlier
>times, i.e. there wasn't necessarily a settlement there yet.
Beatrice Hopkinson 73071,327@compuserve