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Early-attested site in the Parish of West Grinstead

Historical Forms

  • Hatherell 1648 SRS34,139


Hatterell is Hatherell in 1648 (SRS 34, 139). There is a wood here known locally as Atterell Wood , which slopes down to the river. We have also a Hatteral (Mo), 1325 Ch Haterel , the name of a prominent hill near Llanthony Abbey. This would seem, at least in the Monmouthshire name, and possibly also in the West Grinstead one, to be OFr  haterel , 'apex or crown of the head,' applied here to a hill, v. NEDs. v. hattrel .