English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Giant Hill

Other OS name in the Parish of Cerne Abbas

Historical Forms

  • the Giant hill 1870 Hutch3
  • Trendle Hill Jas1 TRMB 1617 Add


, the Giant hill 1870 Hutch3, named from The Giant,the huge chalk cutting which may represent a Hercules figure of RBorigin. The hill was earlier Trendle Hill Jas 1TRMB , 1617Add , cf . ' on the south side of a very steep hill , called Trendle Hill , … is the figure of a giant , cut in the chalk ' ( 1774 Hutch1 2292 ) ; the Trendle is the nearby circular earthwork , the remains of a crude native temple , v. trendel .