The river Tees or Tese is an almost exclusively eighteenth century alternative name for the river Test or Anton. The name seems first to be used in Herman Moll’s map of Hampshire published in 1724. It commonly appears in county maps later that century and in Southampton guidebooks between the 1770s and 1790s. A rare nineteenth-century occurrence is in a report in The Illustrated London News, 20 July 1844, page 42 of the Royal Agricultural Society’s annual meeting in Southampton: the town is described as bounded on the west by the “Test, Teese, or Anton”.


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