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.

Black Torrington

Major Settlement in the Parish of Black Torrington

Historical Forms

  • Torintona 1086 DB
  • Blaketorrintun 1219 Fees264
  • Blakethorenton 1227 Ch
  • Blaketorintone 1277 Exon
  • Blaketoryngtone 1359 Exon
  • Blachetoriton(a) 1167 P 1316 FA


'Farm on the Torridge,' supra 14. According to Mr E. T. Abell the river here has a blackish colour, which it loses three miles further down.