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Survey of English Place-Names

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Clothall's Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of West Grinstead

Historical Forms

  • Cluthale 1271 Ass
  • Clothale 1288,1293 Ass 1327,1332 SR 1331 Ass
  • Clodhale 1340 NI


All the above forms are from pers. names and as we also have an heir of John Clothale holding land in West Grinstead in 1428 (FA) the name may be manorial in origin. The family might have come from Clothall (PN Herts 29). If the name is local it is a compound of OE  clate and healh , hence 'nook of land where burdock grows.'