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.

Coombesbury Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Boxford

Historical Forms

  • Colmeresbere c.1180 Abingdon 13th
  • Colemer 1242–3 Fees


Coombesbury Fm, possibly Colmeresbere c. 1180 (13th) Abingdon, Colemer 1242–3 Fees. The forms are insufficient for a definite etymology. The earlier one suggests a name meaning 'cool pond' (v. cōl 2 , mere , and cf. Colmore Ha), to which has been added bearu 'grove'. The O.S. maps do not show any pools near the farm.