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.

Rowbury Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Boxford

Historical Forms

  • Roughborowe cop' 1538 RentSur
  • copic' vocat' the Rowborough 1550 LRMB
  • Rowbury Fm and Copse 1830 OS


Rowbury Fm, Roughborowe cop '1538RentSur , copic ' vocat ' the Rowborough 1550LRMB , Rowbury Fm and Copse 1830 OS. The 'rough hill' was the meeting place of one of the hundreds later merged in Faircross Hundred, v. 231. Rowbury Fm is situated on a gentle slope, and it is possible that the beorg was a tumulus, not a natural hill.