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.

Play Hatch

Early-attested site in the Parish of Eye and Dunsden

Historical Forms

  • Playhatch 1603–4 Survey
  • Playe hatch early17th Survey


Play Hatch is Playhatch 1603–4Survey , Playe hatch early 17thSurvey . Cf. Playtrawe 1603–4Survey , Playtrave c. 1605Survey .Play Hatch may be a late name, with the word play in some such sense as 'village sports' as first element. It is uncertain what is the second element of Playtrawe . Cf. Plawhatch Hall (PN Sx 329), an older name of similar meaning.