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Early-attested site in the Parish of Hatherleigh

Historical Forms

  • West Pulewrth' 1242 Fees784
  • Pulleworthy 1492 Ipm
  • Est, West Poleworth(y) 1303 FA
  • Yestpoleworthi 1339 Exon
  • Polleworthy 1346 Ass


Both East and West Pulworthy are far from streams and one must therefore take the first element to be the pers. name *Pulla , probably found in Polehanger (PN BedsHu 172) and Pulborough (PN Sx 152) and certainly found in a diminutive form in Pulloxhill (PN BedsHu 160). For the latter cf. also Pulsford infra 525.