English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Black Torrington

Historical Forms

  • Brendeswurth 1238 Ass
  • Brendesworth 1269 Misc 1276 Ipm
  • Brandeswrthy 1299 Ipm


'Brand 's worþig.' The phonology is difficult but alternative forms Brand -Brend may have arisen through the common alternation of ME  brantebrente and brande-brende .