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.

Lowe's Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Woburn

Historical Forms

  • Losewod a.1340 VCHiii.459
  • Louze Wood 1826 B


It seems clear that the modern form is corrupt and that the name really goes back to OE hlos-wudu (BCS 627) which it is difficult to think can be anything else than 'pigstye-wood,' v. hlose . There was another Loswude in Chicksand (Warden 19 b ).

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement