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Early-attested site in the Parish of Whitehaven

Historical Forms

  • Hayringthwait c.1170 StB
  • Ayringthwait c.1230,c.1260 ib
  • Haringthwait 1323 ib
  • Aringthwait, Harinthwait, Eyringthwait 1324 ib
  • Ayrinthwait 1331 ib
  • Harathwaite c.1690 CW(OS)iii
  • Harrathwaite 1774 LowtherW


The forms suggest an original eyringa þveit , clearing of the people on the eyrr ,' or gravelly shore. v. þveit .