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The Snotingas were an Anglian tribe who either took their name from a chieftain called 'Snot' or 'Snod', or from the word Snottenga, meaning 'caves'. The snotingas occupied the settlement of Snottengaham or Snodengaham (modern Nottingham).[1]

The Snotingas gave their name to the settlements of Nottingham, first recorded as Snotengaham,[2] and nearby Sneinton, first recorded as Snotinton.[3]

Nottingham's St Mary's Church was probably established as a minster as early as the late 7th century,[4] and the extent of its minster parish is likely to represent the original extent of the territory of the Snotingas.[3] Although determining this area is complicated by the large amount of land held by St Mary's granted to Lenton Priory after the Norman Conquest, it certainly included Whiston[disambiguation needed] in the north of the modern city, and probably the areas of Lenton, Radford, Basford, Arnold, West Bridgford, Wilford, Barton and Clifton.[3]


  1. ^ John Throsby, "The history and antiquities of the town and county of the town of Nottingham", Burbage and Stretton, Tupman, Wilson, and Sutton, 1795
  2. ^ Gurnham 2010, p. 2.
  3. ^ a b c Gurnham 2010, p. 4.
  4. ^ Gurnham 2010, p. 11.


  • Gurnham, Richard (2010), A History of Nottingham, Andover: Phillimore & Co, ISBN 1860776582