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Early-attested site in the Parish of Wormhill

Historical Forms

  • Thorn(e)set(t)e 1374 Gaunt


Thornsett (lost), Thorn (e )set (t )e 1374 Gaunt, cf. Thorn (e )set (t )ebank , Thorn (e )set (t )ebonk 1372, 1373, 1375 ib. 'Thorn-covered fold', v. þorn , (ge)set; cf. Thornset supra 153. The only additional notice of the place discovered is in the statement 'Great Rakes, now corruptly written Great Rocks, is a hamlet situated in the liberty of Thornsett, near Wormhill' (Rel vi, 82).