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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Bridgerule

Historical Forms

  • Lowdeswothe, Lowdeshowe, Ludeswothe, Loudesho, Lodishowe 13th Launceston
  • Lowdisworthie al. Ludsworthy 1698 Recov


The second element in this name is probably worþ in spite of the confusion of the early forms. The first is the pers. name Hlūd found in OE  Hludesbeorh (BCS 741), now Luddesdown (K). The name may, however, be of ME origin, from the corresponding ME  surname Lowde .

Places in the same Parish