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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Martham

Historical Forms

  • Thralham 1450 CtMartham


Thralham (lost), Thralham 1450Ct Martham ; v. ON  þræll 'thrall, slave' and probably hamm , but the second element may well be corrupted from holm (ON  holmr) in þrælaholmr 'the island of the thralls', in which case both els. would originally be Scand. The situation of the place was marshy (cf. Trailholme PN La 175 f.). v. also the field-name Thralldom under (a) infra .