Sunday, 15 July 2018

Trelech, Tryleg, Trelleck: The village that can’t spell its own name

An interesting BBC article outlines 20 different spellings of a single village in Wales.


Whatever the permutation of letters, the meaning is clear.
The name comes from: Welsh/Breton/Cornish: tre/treb/trev, ‘hamlet’ or ’settlement’ and
Welsh: llech, 'slab/stone/rock’ [Breton: le'ch, leh, legh, lec’h; Cornish: lech/legh/leh].

Lech/Lec’h/Llech refers to the slabs/menhirs associated with megalithic stone circles. The place name element can also be found in other Welsh names such as Benllech, Harlech, Llechfaen, Llechwedd and Llechylched.

As further confirmation, 'Harold's Stones', three large Bronze Age monoliths in alignment, are nearby:
The fact that there are three of them has led many to suggest 'Three Stones' [Welsh: tri, 'three] as an origin for the village's name; This would explain the Tri- and Try- spellings.

But if the villagers want to add a few more variations to their signposts, Trelech/Tryleg/Trelleck's name twins, Treleigh, Treleague (Cornwall) and Ploule'ch (Brittany) suggest three more alternative spellings.




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