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A Dictionary of London Place-Names

A. D. Mills


Hillingdon. Herefelle (sic) 1086 (Domesday Book), Herrefeld 1115, Herefeld 1206, Harefeld 1223, probably ‘open land used by an army’, from Old English here and feld. The exact significance of the name is not clear, but it may allude to an encampment by a Viking army during the Danish invasions of the 10th and early 11th centuries. Harefield Moor is Herfeld Moor 1394, from Old English mōr ‘marshy ground’; this is low-lying land (now mainly sand and gravel pits) by the River Colne and gives name to Moorhall Cottages. Nearby South Harefield is a 20th-century development.