I once read in a history of Lancashire about the meaning of the name "Dewhurst". In early medieval times, a Saxon, commonly known as Dudda (or similar derivatives) lived in this area of Lancashire near Whalley/Ribchester etc. A hurst was a small wood or clearing in a wood and it said that Dewhurst meant "Dudda's wood". There is a small hamlet called Hurst Green in the local area.
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