This name is known only from the early perambulations of the town (1468 onwards) where the ‘Hegstone in Blackworth’ denotes a boundary in the east side of Northam peninsula. The Hegstone (later called the Millstone) no longer exists, but its position is usually marked on Ordnance Survey maps. Presumably this was a stone in a boundary hedge, apparently between Northam and St Mary’s, which suggests that Blackworth, meaning the stockaded enclosure belonging to Blecca, may be an early name for Northam.


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