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<!---Start of article--->Ecclesfield is a suburb and civil parish in the City of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England, about north of Sheffield City Centre. At the 2001 census the civil parish— which also includes the Sheffield suburbs of Chapeltown, Grenoside, High Green, and formerly Thorpe Hesley (now a suburb of Rotherham) —had a population of 31,609.


Evidence of early settlement in the Ecclesfield area include remnants of Romano-British settlements and field systems in Greno Wood. The earliest known written record of Ecclesfield is from the Domesday book of 1086, where it is referred to as Eclesfeld. The meaning of the name is uncertain. Traditionally it has been interpreted to derive from the Celtic egles meaning a church (specifically a Romano-British church) and the Old English feld meaning a woodland clearing. Thus the name could mean 'Open land near a Romano-British Christian church’. However, alternative suggestions are that the first element eccles- derives from a Saxon personal name or an association with water. (wikisource)

The Domesday book does not mention a church at Ecclesfield. The present day Church of St. Mary, which largely dates from the late 15th century, incorporates elements dating from c1200. This church was the centre of the ancient ecclesiastical...
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