English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Warden (Gt and Little) Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Old Warden

Historical Forms

  • boscus de Wardon 1287 Ass


The last four names are self-explanatory, except for Warden Street. The strete on which this hamlet of Warden lies is probably that present combination of foot-path, cart-track and road which makes its way straight to Moggerhanger and thence by Blunham to the Ivel, crossing it near Tempsford. Reference to the southward continuation of this road seems to be made in the names Heyestrate , Stretfurlong in Southill (Newn 199 b ).This is one of those names in which street is used of a road apparently not of Roman origin.

Places in the same Parish