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King's Grove Barn, King's Grove Bottom & King's Grove Wd, King Grove Fm (Kelly)

Early-attested site in the Parish of Piddletrenthide

Historical Forms

  • Kyngrove 1434 Hutch3
  • the Wareyne of Kyngrove 1506 Winch
  • bosc' domini vocat' Kyngrove 1514 Winch
  • subbosc' in Kyngrove 1537 Winch
  • Kynggrove (wode cawlyde Kynggrove) 16 Winch
  • Kingegrove (Bosc' voc' Kingegrove) 1525 Winch
  • King Grove 1811 OS
  • King Grove (Bottom) 1838 TA


King's Grove Barn, King's Grove Bottom & King's Grove Wd (SY 685995), King Grove Fm (Kelly), Kyngrove (a copse) 1434 Hutch3, the Wareyne of Kyngrove 1506Winch , bosc ' domini vocat ' Kyngrove 1514Winch , subbosc ' in Kyngrove 1537Winch , Kynggrove (wode cawlyde Kynggrove )16Winch , Kingegrove (Bosc ' voc ' Kingegrove )1525Winch , King Grove 1811 OS, King Grove (Bottom )1838TA , 'royal grove or copse', v. cyne-, grāf(a). Hutch1 2481 has the interesting note: 'Mr Coker says, tradition reports, that Ethelred [brother and predecessor to Alfred] king of the West Saxons lived here; and that Kingrove, a fair warren, with some coppices adjoining, took their name from him.' There is in fact early documentary evidence for Piddletrenthide being originally a royal possession: the estate of Vppidelen (v. par. name supra ) was granted to Shaftesbury Abbey in 966 (15) ShaftR (S 744) by King Edgar (959–75); Emma, wife of King Ethelred, and mother of Edward the Confessor, gave Pidele cum triginta hidis to the new monastery at Winchester (Hutch3 4 485 citing Dugd I 208, 210); and the DB entry for Piddletrenthide states that 'Almar and Aluerd held this manor TRE as two manors from King Edward…and later on Roger Arundel held it from King William'. Note however that Coker's attachment of the tradition to the early King Ethelred (866–71), rather than to Ethelred (Unrasd) (979–1016) is clearly an error.