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Major Settlement in the Parish of Kentisbeare

Historical Forms

  • Chentesbera 1086 DB
  • Kentesbere 1577 Saxton
  • Kentelesbar 1212–23 StNicholas 1291 Tax
  • Kentelesbire 1252 FF
  • Kentelesbyare 1270 Ass
  • Kenteslebiere (sic) 1308 Exon
  • Kanteleber 1219 Ass
  • Kaentlesbyar 1297 Pat


It seems unlikely that the first element here is the same as in Kentisbury supra 49. There is no circular hill here, for Kentisbeare lies low by a stream and, more important perhaps than this, there is a Kentis Moor infra 566 a mile to the south, with similar early forms, but no topographical feature in common. There is an OE  pers. name Centa and we have OE  compounds Centwine and Centweald . The neighbouring Kentisbeare and Kentis Moor may well have taken their name from a man Cæntel called by a diminutive form of the name Centa .