River Wheelock

River Wheelock

The River Wheelock is a small river in Cheshire in north west England. It drains water from the area between Sandbach and Crewe, and joins the River Dane at Middlewich (grid reference SJ693669), and then the combined river flows into the River Weaver in Northwich. Alternative names for the river have were recorded in 1619 as "Sutton Watter", "Sutton Brooke", and "Lawton Brooke".

Early recorded variations of the name Wheelock have included "Quelok", "Qwelok", "Whelok", "Whelocke", with later forms using "Wheelock Watter" and "Wheelock Brooke". The name is said to mean "winding river" and it is reported to have based on the Old Welsh word "chwylog", the "chwyl" part of which means "a turn, a rotation, a course", with an adjective suffix of "og".Dodgson, J. McN. (1970a). page 38.] The river has given its name to the large village of Wheelock. [Dodgson, J. McN. (1970b). page 274.]

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*cite book|last=Dodgson|first=J. McN.|year=1970a|title=The place-names of Cheshire. Part one: Country name, regional and forest names, river names, road names, the place-names of Macclesfield hundred|publisher=Cambridge University Press|location=Cambridge|isbn=0521077036
*cite book|last=Dodgson|first=J. McN.|year=1970b|title=The place-names of Cheshire. Part two: The place-names of Bucklow Hundred and Northwich Hundred |publisher=Cambridge University Press|location=Cambridge|isbn=0521079144

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