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Early-attested site in the Parish of Alvechurch

Historical Forms

  • Tonge 1086 DB c.1086 EveA&B 1190 LP 1521,1531
  • la Tange 14th Nash 18th


This is doubtless OE  tang , 'tongs,' used in a transferred sense of some place at a junction of streams, as explained by Ekwall (PN La 18). It is unlucky that we have no knowledge of the site of the place in question.