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Major Settlement in the Parish of Slapton

Historical Forms

  • Slapetone 1086 DB
  • Slaptone 1223 WellsR 1237–40 Fees145 1241 Ass 1284 FA


'Farm on the slape ' v. slæp . The village lies on a slight slope. Lipscomb's statement (iii. 449) that Slapton 'occasionally suffers from excess of humidity and partial inundation: the soil is a deep stiff clay' makes the existence of a slape highly probable. Cf. Slapton (Nth).

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site