The Hucknall under Huthwaite

The Hucknall-under-Huthwaite Alias

Determining Huthwaite finally reclaimed its original identity when officially renamed in year 1907, does not explain why this locality emerged claiming varying Hucknall names. This one subject has bred so much past speculation it presents greatest difficulty attempting any assertion behind our fuller history. For that reason here I explain the initial confusion faced, before beginning to trace references way back to eventually rebuild a much clearer updated understanding!

Like other small rural English villages, the modern history of Huthwaite became exposed as the United Kingdoms growing population entered its industrious 19th century. First mention found in Mansfield gazetteers offered simple address Hucknall. Recognising full title was then Hucknall-under-Huthwaite, shortening that can be understood for recording local matters. That longer address was later trimmed again to the more regular Hucknall Huthwaite, but still confusingly often shortened down to Hucknall when similar named areas lay in close proximity. So why change the truly original shorter Huthwaite?

Rapidly housing 20th century mining families, a growing community began showing historic interests in their new surroundings. Recalling the familiar Hucknall-under-Huthwaite title, pioneering research by Sutton historians initially provided plausible translations based on that long title. Since offering the following frequently quoted explanation, most students continued presuming such referencing originally identified the first settlement. Indeed, even scholars repeated such well accepted beliefs while also uncovering far earlier name changes which could potentially dispute this long claim.

Example published 1948 shows previously accepted translations for a Hucknall-under-Huthwaite
The ancient Hamlet of Hucknall under Huthwaite, once (1930) a separate township whose history is bound up in that of Sutton-in-Ashfield, derives its long and peculiar name from several sources. Huck incga hall is probably the stone residence of the descendants of Huc.   Huth, or How' is from a Norse word for a hill, and Thwaite a clearing in a forest. Its peculiarity arises from the stone house of an Anglo-Saxon lying under the hill of a Norse clearing.   Ref: GG Bonser - History of Sutton-in-Ashfield

Remarkable accuracy is found translating known spellings for Huthwaite. Closely identifying Huc could loosely expose his hall or residence naming a Hucknall. Updated understandings however now generally agree Hucknall derives translation from a nook or corner of land claimed by Hucca. If interpreting Old English origins for a Huthwaite or a separate Hucknall locality, two individual settlements can be clearly discerned by their own compound meanings. Hucknall, in taking a persons name, can also be recognised dating further back into far earlier Saxon occupation.

Anglo-Saxon DwellingAdvantaged by wider updated research must clearly see, any peculiarity arising from translating these names is simply found by attempts at justifying Hucknall-under-Huthwaite as basis to represent just one settlers home. Collating all possible data may help clarify how naming evolved and any potential influences. Broader understanding can note Saxons and Vikings favoured timber constructions. Their building skills here among familiar forested terrain found similar materials grown in their homelands; plus relatively nearby siting Hucknall Torkard and Hault Hucknall!


Written 07 May 03 Revised 18 Apr 07 © by Gary Elliott