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Survey of English Place-Names

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Blacklow Hill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Leek Wootton

Historical Forms

  • Blacklow hill 1656 Dugdale


Blacklow Hill (6″) is Blakelowe 14th John de Trokelowe, Blacklow hill 1656 Dugdale. This is the spot where Piers Gaveston was beheaded by the Earl of Warwick and other barons in 1312 and the reputed spot is still marked by Gaveston's Cross, so named in 1725 (B). The name Blacklow means 'black hill or barrow,' v. hlaw .

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement