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.

Prince Hall

Early-attested site in the Parish of Lydford

Historical Forms

  • Prinshill 1521 Dartmoor
  • Prynshull 1555 DuCo
  • Prynshall 1533 Dartmoor 1535,1555 DuCo
  • Prinshall 1541 DuCo
  • Princehall 1561 DuCo


The forms are not sufficiently early for certainty. The place may derive from a medieval owner Prynn , the name having been altered later owing to the fact that it was a Duchy of Cornwall possession and as such belonged to the Prince of Wales. The farm is in a hollow and the hill must be that behind it.