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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Farcet

Historical Forms

  • silua Ragreholt a.1022 KCD733 c.1200
  • Reyereholt 1279 RH
  • Rawereholt c.1350 Rams


This wood lay between Whittlesey Mere and King's Delph. It is clearly from OE  hragra , 'heron,' and holt, hence 'heron- wood' (Stevenson MSS). Cf. Rawreth (Ess) which is from OE  hragra -hyð , 'heron-hithe.'

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement