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Survey of English Place-Names

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Great Gable

Early-attested site in the Parish of Eskdale and Wasdale

Historical Forms

  • le Heye del Mykelgavel, le heye del Mikelgaule 1338 Cl
  • Great Gavel 1783 Donald


The modern name 'Great Gable' is an accurate translation of the 14th-century Mykelgavel . The first element here is OE  micel , or more probably ON  mikill , 'great'; the second is ON  gafl , 'gable,' an appropriate description of the sharply cut triangular mountain so called. Another example of this name appears in

The heye of Mykelgavel was probably a forest enclosure beneath the mountain (v. (ge)hæg).