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The scandinavian element Gata outside the urbanised settlements of the Danelaw

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The Scandinavian place-name element gata is most generally known as a street-name element in the urbanised settlements in the Danelaw, Names containing gata are also found in the Isle of Man. A few of these names may be genuine Norse formations dating from the period when Norse was actually spoken on the Island in the period of Norse rule there. There is some evidence for the use of the element gata in the Middle English form gate to denote a road or track through the countryside or perhaps land for grazing in Lancashire and Cheshire. This chapter discusses the comparatively few urban street-names in -gata that exist or are known to have existed in Manchester. It also discusses about the origin of the name Deansgate.

Keywords: Cheshire; Danelaw; Deansgate; gata; Isle of Man; Lancashire; Manchester; Scandinavian element; urbanised settlements



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