Stowupland map
Battle of stone Bridge AD870

There is a local belief that an old battle was fought near Stonebridge Ford  in AD870

A 15th century rental mentions a ‘le Sondsweye’ which runs along the lane now known as Stonebridge Lane.

Stonebridge Lane runs as far as the junction with Rendells Lane where it becomes Sandford Lane. Before there was a bridge over the Gipping the whole lane may have been known as Sandford Lane.

Sond (e) is an early English form for ‘sand’ so the lane would have been “the sand way”. And where today there is a bridge there would formerly have been a ford. There is a Gravell Field adjacent where fine sand or gravel may have been extracted. (Neil Langridge, April 2022)