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Survey of English Place-Names

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St Catherines Hill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Artington

Historical Forms

  • Drakehull 1318 Ch
  • Drakhulle otherwise cauled Katheryn hill 1521 HMCvii
  • Katheryn hill 1548 LRMB


St Catherines Hill (6″) was called Drakehull 1318 Ch, Drakhulle otherwise cauled Katheryn hill 1521 HMC vii, Katheryn hill 1548LRMB , taking its present name from a chapel dedicated to St Catherine and referred to as capella S ' Katerine 1202, capelle Sancte Caterine 1230 P. The earlier name appears to mean 'dragon hill,' the first element being OE  draca , 'dragon.'There is a steep sand-hill here by the Wey. On the summit are the ruins of the ancient chapel. Cf. Dragberry Field in Merstham infra 396, a similar compound with beorg , and Drakelow (PN Wo 258).