Letter: Thurcroft’s Icelandic connection
FOLLOWING Mr Ludlam’s letter regarding the history of Thurcroft, might I add a bit more information regarding the name.
In my research of place names in the Rotherham locality I find that the Thurcroft name goes back further than 1272. Starting about 972AD I find the name Thorold or Thurolf (different spelling, same bloke) is associated with the name Thurcroft. Thorold was son of Skallagrim of Borgin Myrar, Iceland, who along with his Brother Egil were gentleman adventurers who came to the aid of Athelstan, who was recruiting for Brunanburh. Thorold was killed by Haisl probably in the final battle of Brunanburh at Morthen (Old Norse, Slaughter Meadow) and is buried somewhere in Thurcroft (Pea Carr Woods?), his other brother Hring is associated with the name Herringthorpe.
I have also learned from Mr Ludlam’s letter things that will help me in my research.
John Green, Pleasley Road, Whiston
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