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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Alvechurch

Historical Forms

  • Forhulle 1299 RBB 18th
  • The Forrell 1623 WillsP


This is probably for OE  fore-hyll , 'hill-in-front.' It stands out prominently at the head of the Arrow valley. For other similar names cf. Fairfield supra 275 and cf. Forhull in Ripple (1408EcclVar ).