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Early-attested site in the Parish of Walsgrave on Sowe

Historical Forms

  • Wrotholme 1304 AD
  • Wrotholm 1305 ADii
  • Wroutholme, Wrougtholme, le Wroutham 1356 Stowe
  • Wroutholm, Wrouthom 1411 Coventry


Wrautam (6″) is Wrotholme 1304AD , Wrotholm 1305 AD ii, Wroutholme , Wrougtholme , le Wroutham 1356Stowe , Wroutholm , Wrouthom 1411Coventry . It would seem that the first element here must be the OE  wroht , 'accusation, crime, strife,' found in wrohthangra , a boundary-mark in an OE charter of Wootton by Sunningwell (Berks) KCD 1283. wrohthangra was clearly on a boundary, and Wrautam is on the boundary of Walsgrave parish. This holm was probably at one time a subject of dispute. Cf. Wroughthull (1406Ct ) in Ashwell (Herts) and Wrochthausen, 10th-century Wrohthuson (Forstemann, ON ii, 1428). v. holmr .

Places in the same Parish