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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Stoneleigh

Historical Forms

  • Fineberge 1221 FF 1272 Ass
  • Fyneburg, Finbarewe 1262 ib
  • Fynneberwe 1279 Nott
  • Finberge 1327 SR
  • Fymburgh 1372 Ass
  • Fynnybridge 1535 VE
  • Fenybrough land, Fenne Borough 1544 MinAcct
  • Finborgh 1656 Dugdale


Finbury (6″) is Fineberge 1221 FF, 1272Ass , Fyneburg , Finbarewe 1262 ib., Fynneberwe 1279Nott (p), Finberge 1327 SR (p), Fymburgh 1372Ass , Fynnybridge 1535 VE, Fenybrough land , Fenne Borough 1544MinAcct , Finborgh 1656 Dugdale. This name is probably identical with Finborough (PN Sf 5–6) and unidentified finbeorh in Upton Lovel (W) (BCS 992). The first element, as suggested by Skeat (op. cit .), is OE  fin , 'heap.' He noted that there is a tumulus called the Devil's Hill near Great Finborough Hill and doubtless Finborough there is the name of the tumulus. The probabilities are that in the Wiltshire place we have reference also to a barrow, for the countryside there is sown thick with barrows. Whether we have a hill or a barrow in Finbury is quite uncertain and the matter is not made easier by the existence just on the other side of the Sowe of