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Early-attested site in the Parish of Wem

Historical Forms

  • Le Trench 1290 Ipm
  • La Trench 1291–2 Ass
  • Trenche, Trench Farm Eliz RentSur
  • (The) Trench(e) Farm(e) freqfrom1600to1745 PR(L)


The specialised sense of OFr , ME  trenche for roads through woodland is noted supra under Trench in Ellesmere.

There are two settlement-sites. The GR above is for Trench Hall, which is Trench Fm on 1833 OS. On the 1900 6″ map Trench Hall and Trench Fm adjoin. Upper Trench, ½ mile S., is also called Trench Fm on 1833 OS. The 1833 map gives the name Trench Lane to a road leading from Tilleygreen to Tilley Park, and this appears in PR(L) 9 under 1700, PR(L) 10 under 1770, and in Garbet.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name