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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Whitchurch

Historical Forms

  • Halehurst 1268 AD
  • Hollehirst 1401–2 Talbot
  • Holehurst 1419–20 Talbot
  • Holhurst Cheynell 1532–40 SAS3/VIII
  • Hollyhurst 1672 HTR 1833 OS


Hollyhurst Lodge and Wood are in Sa, but the tiny settlement is in Marbury Ch, which was a parochial chapelry of Whitchurch. The name is listed in PN Ch 3105, where it is ascribed to holegn 'holly'. The 1268 form, however, which occurs in a context associating the place with Marbury, suggests derivation from halh and hyrst , 'wooded hill by a valley or hollow'. It is clear that the association with holly is late.

Places in the same Parish

Other OS name

Early-attested site