I went to Milfordleigh Wood the other day – it is a small area of woodland at the top end of the Teign near to the village of Murchington. I’ve always been interested in the derivation of words – so Milfordleigh…
Lets start with Leigh – this is an old word that means meadow and more specifically a meadow cut out of the original woodland – there is even a name on the OS map called Leigh – it looks like meadows were created hundreds of years ago between Gidleigh Park and Milfordleigh – see the map
The maps also shows Milfordleigh as a plantation and it also shows a field pattern within the wood – so Milfordleigh isn’t an ancient woodland – it is a plantation – probably Victorian planted on an old field system – so perhaps this is the Leigh – the meadow!
So much history in a name and so much history and mystery in a place!