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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Bolton by Bowland

Historical Forms

  • Manebent 1205–11 Sawl11d
  • Maningebent 1276 RH
  • Manybent(e) 1589 PRBlt 1594 Comm
  • Man(n)ibent 1600,1616 PRBlt
  • Monibent 1702 PRGis
  • Moniment 1717 ib
  • Monument 1723 ib
  • Monubent 1732 ib


Monubent, Manebent 1205–11Sawl 11d, Maningebent 1276 RH, Manybent (e )1589 PRBlt, 1594Comm , Man (n )ibent 1600, 1616 PRBlt, Monibent 1702 PRGis, Moniment 1717 ib, Monument 1723 ib, Monubent 1732 ib. '(Place of) many rushes', v. manig , beonet ; in e.ModE  bent was used collectively for 'rushes', a use carried back some three centuries by this p.n. But in ME , bent was also used in some such sense as 'bare grassy field, a heath', and this may well be the meaning required in this and other YW p.ns. (cf. Merrybent 205infra ).