Bleachfield

New Abbey, KCB, NX941672 [grid reference approximate]

  • Bleachfield 1797 Stewartry of Kirkcudbright / by John Ainslie [Newman.645]
  • Bleachfield 1821 John THOMSON – Kirkcudbright-Shire [Bottom section] [EMS.s.712(7)]

Element: SSE bleachfield ‘a bleaching works with its adjacent drying-ground’

Bleachfields were areas where cloth could be bleached by sunlight. The Wikipedia entry for Bleachfield notes that “Bleachfields became redundant after Charles Tennant developed a bleaching powder based on chlorine, which permitted year-round processing of fabric indoors”.

Detail from Stewartry of Kirkcudbright by John Ainslie
Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

This entry is still in draft and has yet to be proofed. There are links to the sources of historical forms of the name, where spellings can be checked.