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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Black Torrington

Historical Forms

  • la Knylle 1304 Ass
  • atte Knylle 1330 SR


This is from OE  cnyll , 'knoll,' v. Knell(e) in PN Sx (169, 528).A further example of this word occurs in the pers. name atte Knulle in a Hants SR of 1327. Cf. also Oatnell infra 207.