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Early-attested site in the Parish of Bradworthy

Historical Forms

  • Trentaworth 1333 SR
  • Trenteworthy 1353 Ass
  • Trendeworthy 1356 Ass
  • Trent Tree 1765 D


The forms are too late for any satisfactory solution to be offered. There is no stream here, even if one could have a compound of worþig and a stream-name. It is just possible that the first element is OE  trendel , 'circle,' hence 'circular enclosure.' The last form is evidently an attempt to represent the local pronunciation [trentəri], cf. Great Tree infra 433.