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Hr Holt Fm & Lr Holt Fm, Holt Lane, Holt Mill & Holt Plant.

Early-attested site in the Parish of Melbury Osmond

Historical Forms

  • Higher Holt, Holt Mill 1811 OS
  • Holt Fd 1838 TA
  • la Holte 14 Ilch


Hr Holt Fm & Lr Holt Fm (ST 568088), Holt Lane, Holt Mill & Holt Plant., Higher Holt , Holt Mill 1811 OS, Holt Fd 1838TA , all named from la Holte 14Ilch (52), cf. also Henry de la holte 1322CottCh (a witness in a Melbury O. deed), v. holt 'wood' (especially 'single-species wood'), cf. Holt par 2 150 for an identical simplex name. There is still some woodland here (Holt Plant.). For the mill here, cf. molendinum et terras de Melebiri Hy 1 Hutch3 (4 439), Joan atte Mulle 1332 SR, and the f.ns. Mill Hams , Millhams Orchd , Mill Orchd 1838TA , v. myln , hamm .