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.

Blake Mere

Early-attested site in the Parish of Whitchurch

Historical Forms

  • Blackmere 1334 Strange
  • Blakmere 1377 Fine
  • Black Mere 1796 SBL5374 1808 Baugh
  • Blakemere 1360 Pat 1577 Saxton
  • Blake Mere 1833 OS


'Dark lake', v. blæc , mere . The earlier references are to the medieval residence of the Talbot family, which was on the S. side of the lake, and the GR given above is for this site. There is an account of the house in the Introduction to Talbot. It ceased to be habitable between 1538 and 1561, and there is now only a mound.

Places in the same Parish

Other OS name

Early-attested site