My contention is that when the Saxons arrived in the 7th century Bannaventa was still occupied by subservient Britons who perpetuated the 'Banna' placename element. The hilltop which spawned the original 'Banna' was by then of less importance and acquired the Old English name of 'Hryges Tor' as early charters show.
Granted, Old English 'bana' can have the meaning of slayer or murderer, but water sources were of great importance and usually treated as holy sites. It was more likely to receive coins or tokens than the bodies of criminals! HJ.
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