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Early-attested site in the Parish of North Petherwin

Historical Forms

  • Clobiry 1322 Ass 1330 SR
  • Clobury 1333 SR
  • Clowbery 1639 FF
  • Clobbery 1807 Recov


This name is clearly a compound of burh. The first element may have reference to the site of the burh on a rounded hill. There is no OE  word clobb with this sense on record, but we may compare Cornish clob , 'clod or lump of earth' and Danish klub , 'knoll,' earlier 'lump of earth.' It is clear that the worthy is a quite recent inverted spelling due to the fact that this terminal element is commonly pronounced [əri] in Devon names.