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.

Ratcher Hill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Mansfield

Historical Forms

  • Ratchey Hill c.1825 O.S.


Ratcher Hill is Ratchey Hill c. 1825 O.S.Mr H. M. Leman is probably right in identifying this with a hill called Redestal in the Edward 3 map and called in the Forest Book Ruddesthorne Hyll , Radstarne , Radsterne . The identification would seem to be correct but the forms vary too much for any etymology to be certain. The second element would seem to be ON  þyrne, 'thorn-bush.'