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Luggers Hall Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Owlpen

Historical Forms

  • Lutegareshale c.1220,1261 GlR 1272 FF 1413 MinAcct
  • Lutegareshall Hy3 Monast
  • Letegareshale 1280 GlR
  • Lotegareshale 1280 BGlxxiii,167 c.1310,1325 GlR


Luggers Hall Fm, Lutegareshale c. 1220, 1261 GlR, 1272FF , 1413MinAcct , Lutegareshall Hy 3 Monast, Letegareshale (?sic for Lotegareshale ) 1280 GlR, Lotegareshale 1280 BG lxxiii, 167, c. 1310, 1325 GlR. This difficult name, of which several examples occur (cf. also Luggers Hill iii, 80infra ), has been variously interpreted (v. EPN ii, 28 ff, s.v. lūte-gār).Generally the OE and ME spellings for most of the names point to an OE  *lūte -gār as the first el.; in Ludgershall (Bk 104, W 367) this has been taken as an OE  pers.n. Lūtegār which is otherwise unknown, and frequently but not invariably combined with OE  halh 'nook of land'; in Ludgareswell in Thornbury (iii, 19infra ) we probably have a spring dedicated to St Leodgar, OG  Leodegar (Forssner 175) but the case is different from Luggers Hall, as names of springs often contain saints' names. In the case of the lost Ludegarstone in Littleton on Severn (iii, 119infra ), which is not strictly analogous, we certainly have a compound of the Lude (OE  Hlūde 'the loud stream') in Lude puylle in the same charter (KCD 654), perhaps a shortened form of Lude puylle itself, with the well-evidenced gærs-tūn 'meadow' (cf. Littleton Pill iii, 118infra ). The most probable suggestion for Ludgershall and Luggers Hall, suiting both meaning and form, is therefore Tengstrand's OE  *lūte -gār , a word denoting some kind of snare or trap involving the use of a spear; such traps were certainly in use in Sweden in later times.

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