Theescombe is the area running down the hill West of the church and south of the centre.

On a tentative map of the Hamptun Manor c. 1300, the area now known as Theescombe is referred to as Maelscombe, possibly after Roger Mael or Mayel, a 14th century adventurer.

It seems, however, that the modern name is probably derived from the words 'Thieves Combe' denoting a valley haunted by thieves.

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