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Early-attested site in the Parish of Borrowdale

Historical Forms

  • Wattendlane t.Rici CWiv
  • Watendelair 1209–10 Furness
  • Wattendelan t.John,1213 Fountains
  • Wattenland 1546 NB
  • Wathenthendelan 1211 Fountains
  • Wattintindelan 1210–12 Scotland
  • Wathendeland c.1250 Fountains
  • Wateleth 1563 PR(Crosth)
  • Wayteleth 1564 ib
  • Waidendleth 1567 ib
  • Wat(t)endleth 1564,1565 PR(Crosth)
  • Watanlath 1784 West 1786 Gilpin
  • Wantendlethe 1600 PR(Crosth)


The first part of this name may well be a compound of ON  vatn and endi, with the meaning 'end of the lake.' The vatn in question is presumably Watendlath Tarn. Ekwall (DEPN) compares Vassenden, from ON  vatns endi , a common place-name in Norway. The forms of the final element vary too widely for any interpretation to be suggested.