Also known as Dudmanston, Dudmanstone, and Dead Man Stone, this was an early settlement in the Berry Brow area and likely means "the farmstead of Dudman". The surname Dudman still survives in other parts of the country and is a nickname for a shabbily dressed person.
The area became part of estate on which a large house was built in the 1600s.
The corruption of "Dudman" to "Deadman" can also be found at Dead Man's Hole in Upperthong.
Place-Names of South-West Yorkshire (1913) by Armitage Goodall:
DUDMANSTONE, Almondbury, RE 1634 Dudmanston, RE 1716 Dudmanstone, is "Dudeman's farm," from OE tūn, an enclosure or farm, and the personal name recorded by Searle. Popular etymology has been busy with this name, and is responsible for RE 1780 Deadman Stone, which is doubly inaccurate.
Notes and References
- The word "dudman" was also used for scarecrows and tramps and referred to their shabby clothes ("duds").