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Church Preen

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Prene 1086 DB 1557 AD
  • Prune 1208-9 ForProc 1462 HAC
  • Prona 1255 RH
  • Preone c.1291 TN 1334 SR
  • Preene 1316 FA
  • Preen 1552 Pat
  • Preyn 1692 PR(H) 1750 PR(H)
  • Pruna Magna, Parva Prona 1255 RH
  • Chircheprene, Holtprene 1255-6 Ass
  • Chyrcheprene, Parua Prene 1271-2 Ass


OE  prēon 'brooch', presumably used of some as yet un- identified landscape feature.

There are two settlements, Church and Holt Preen, the latter shown on modern maps as Holt. They are Pruna Magna , Parva Prona 1255 RH, Chircheprene , Holtprene 1255-6Ass , Chyrcheprene , Parua Prene 1271-2Ass .

There were two settlements, Church (Magna) and Holt (Parva) Preen. Holt Preen is now in Cardington, but it was in Church Preen until the 13th cent. (VCH VIII124).