FLOATING DOWN THE RIVER


THE RIVER THAMES - THE MEANING OF PLACE NAMES

The names of the Towns and Villages which are to be found along the Thames have a familiar ring to them. However many of the names have their origin in our distant Anglo-Saxon past and have a particular meaning. Here are some of them. Looking at them patterns can be spotted, e.g. cot = cottage, ey = island.

Name of town or village

Meaning of name

Cricklade

The crossing on the hill

Inglesham

The enclosure or river meadow of Ingen

Lechlade

Wharf by the Leach

Buscot

Burgweard's cottage

Kelmscott

Caenhelm's cottage

Eaton Hastings

Farm by the river held by the Hastings family

Grafton

Homestead in a grove

Radcot

Reed or red cottage

Rushey

Rush Island by the Weir

Shifford

Sheep ford

Bablock Hythe

The landing place of Babba's stream

Swinford

Ford for Swine

Eynsham

Aegen's place by the bend in the river

Godstow

The place of God

Binsey

Byrni's island

Hinksey

Hengist's eyot(island)

Oxford

Ford for oxen

Abingdon

Of Aebba's people

Burcot

Bryda's cottage

Wittenham

Witta's place by the bend in the river

Shillingford

Of Sciella and his tribe

Benson

The farm of Baenesa

Wallingford

Of Wealh's tribe

Moulsford

Mul's Ford or Ford for mules

Cleeve

Cliff

Goring

Of Gara's tribe

Streatley

Clearing by the Roman road

Pangbourne

Stream of Paega's People

Whitchurch

White church

Mapledurham

Village by the maple tree

Caversham

Caphere's village

Reading

Of Reada's tribe

Sonning

Of Sunna's tribe

Shiplake

Stream where sheep are washed

Wargrave

Grove by the weir

Henley

At the high wood

Hurley

Wood or clearing in a recess in the hills

Marlow

Mere Shore

Cliveden

Steeply sloping valley

Bray

Mud, a low marshy place

Boveney

Above the island

Windsor

River bank with a windlass

Runneymede

Council field

Staines

Stone

Laleham

Great bend or village where withies grow

Chertsey

Cerotus' Island or well-watered land

Shepperton

Shepherd's farm

Walton

Farm of the serfs

Sunbury

Sunna's stronghold

Molesey

Mul's Island

Thames Ditton

Farm by the ditch or dyke

Kingston

Farm of the kings

Teddington

Farm Of Tuda


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