Tonker, Sometimes your cleverness goes beyond common sense.
If an area of woodland had been cleared for agricultural purposes there wouldn`t be a stub left in the place or the plough would break?
We are talking about a man giving a field to the poor... if it was a copse it wouldn`t be a field it would be a wood woodent it? Now pay attention....A lot of stubs is whats left of a lot of trees,,,or a wood.... but TWO stubs is what is left of two trees get it? Now a shaw means several things but David Mills describes it as a type of coppice ,or hollow in the ground possibly with a thicket at the bottom but can often be found round the edge of a field,,,, Now Mills specialised in giving meanings to olde englishe names and his word is good enough for me given that it perfectly describes what John Launder must have found in 1630 ... And that was a field for grazing sheep who were penned in and was an ideal present for those poor people who were lucky enough to have a couple of sheep and desperately needed pasture land.