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Early-attested site in the Parish of Pewsey

Historical Forms

  • Shervecot' 1249 FF
  • Sherfcot(e) 1279,1281 Ass 1339 For
  • Shurfcot(e) 1289 Ass t.Ed2 For
  • Schorfcot(e) 1327 SR
  • Shercott 1602 FF 1799 Sadler


Sharcott is Shervecot '1249 FF, Sherfcot (e )1279, 1281Ass , 1339For , Shurfcot (e )1289Ass , t. Ed 2For , Schorfcot (e )1327SR , Shercott 1602FF , 1799Sadler . It would seem that the first element here is OE  sceorf noted in PN Sx s. n. Hodshrove, but the sense 'steep slope' does not suit the site. The slope is a very gentle one. Equally difficult of application would be Wallenberg's suggestion (KPN 123) that it may mean 'cutting, incision, score.'