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Early-attested site in the Parish of Calne

Historical Forms

  • Tesewurth' 1245 WMxvi
  • Tesworth al. Tosworthes t.Eliz ChancP
  • Tasewarde 1255 RH
  • Thasewarde 1289 Ass
  • Tasseworth 1327 SR
  • Toseworth 1305 FF 1332 SR 1336 Pat 1536 MinAcct


This name clearly contains the same first element as Tawsmead infra 318, found also perhaps in Teasleye (1509DuLa ) in Aldbourne. It is probable that in all these names alike we have the OE  adj. tǣse , 'convenient, for general use.' v. worþ and cf. Atworth supra 115.