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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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Throwleigh

Historical Forms

  • Trula 1086 DB
  • Trulegh 1243 DA 1256,1286 Ass
  • Thruleg(h) 1263 Ipm 1285 FA
  • Troulegh 1335 Ass
  • Trowlegha 1236 Bracton
  • Trowlee 1243 DA
  • Truwelegh, Thruwelegh 1238 Ass
  • Throulegh' 1242 Fees788 1341 Ipm
  • Throulegh' juxta Gyddelegh 1296 Ass
  • Throughly 1631 Wills


v. leah . The first element is probably OE  þruh , 'chest, coffin,' perhaps referring to one of the early burial grounds which lie so thickly over Dartmoor and are actually found in this parish.Similarly Duignan (PN St 152) notes the presence of many tumuli in the neighbourhood of Throwley (St).

Places in the same Parish