Leighton-Linslade Past Times: including Billington, Eggington, Heath & Reach and Stanbridge
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The origins of the name Heath & Reach

Originally Heath & Reach was two separate areas, one called Heath and the other Reach. The name Heath is derived from the Old English, and simply means heath. The name of Reach is derived from the Old English word raec and means 'place at the raised strip of land or other linear feature'

In records the name Heath appears variously as follows:
13th Century: la Hethe, Hethe
18th Century: Hetheredge, Heathanreach

In records the name Reach appears variously as follows:
13th Century: Reche, Rams, Rache
14th Century: Reche
17th Century: Rach