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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Winchcomb

Historical Forms

  • Grete, Greta(m) 12–1339 WinchLB 1185 Templar e.13 BM 1221,1248 Ass 1285 FA 1582 FF
  • Greote 1327 SR
  • Grette 1470 FF 1509 Pat
  • Greete 1477 WinchLB 1559 PR 1722 et freq


From OE  grēote 'a gravelly place', denoting gravelly soil above the Isbourne; cf. Gretton (infra ) and Greet Field (36infra ). The name has no connexion with Greston Hundred (1supra ).