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.

Lynch Tor

Early-attested site in the Parish of Lydford


identical with the spot called Lullingesfote , Lullyngyssete , Lullingessete in the 1240 Perambulation, but it is not quite clear if the modern name is a corruption of this or whether it is a new name (v. hlinc ). The early forms suggest that Lulling was the name of the hill rather than of some man, fote ('foot') and sete referring to its foot and summit, v. Kingsett infra 201. In 1608 (Dartmoor) the spot is called Luntesborowe , i.e. 'tumulus of some man named Lunt ,' a name which is apparently preserved in Limsbarrow (6″), a tumulus on the tor.