English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Thornton in Lonsdale

Historical Forms

  • Gragret 1307 YI
  • Grayngarth 1383 MinAcct
  • Graygrett 1592 Comm
  • Gray Garth 1771 M


Gragareth, Gragret 1307 YI, Grayngarth 1383 MinAcct, Graygrett 1592Comm , Gray Garth 1771 M. 'Grey stones', v. grár , grjót , the latter having been confused with garðr . This is the crest of the high ridge on the county boundary.