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Looking north along the barrow.|
|Is there a story behind the name?|
|All I know is it is Anglo-Saxon The Star element means tongue I don't know what the rest means.|
|Not sure I agree, Hamish. Tongue in Anglo-Saxon is "tunge". Starveall is not listed by Ekwall in his Dictionary of English Place-names so I think that it's fairly recent and means what it says - the land was poor and so didn't feed the locals - ie it starved all. Starveall is listed as a field or minor placename in Kenneth Cameron's English Place Names (1961). There are a number of farms and field names like that - Hungry Hill, Dry Drayton, Break Back, Empty Purse, Small Profits, Purgatory and even one called Starknaked! What stories of hardship, toil and disappointment they hint at!|
|I know nothing of why or where the name comes from, but I cant imagine the land here to have ever been "poor". Could well be wrong though !|
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