English Place-name Society

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.


Field in the Parish of Market Harborough

Historical Forms

  • targett 1757 OED
  • Thorpgate 1492 Deed
  • Thorpe gate 1703 Terrier


targett' a light round shield' was poss. used with reference to the shape of the enclosure, since target in the sense' a round mark for shooting at' is not recorded until 1757 OED); (le) Thorpgate 1492 (× 2), Thorpe gate 1703 (v. gata; the road to Thorpe Langton which lies 2 miles to the north)