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Major Settlement in the Parish of Greenham

Historical Forms

  • Greneham 1086 DB 1248,1284 Ass 1517 DInc
  • Grenham 1185 RR
  • Grenham Hospitalium 1220 Fees


Probably 'green river-meadow', v. grēne 1 , hamm , referring to land by R. Kennet. Hospitalium from the Knights Hospitallers, to whom the manor was granted in the late 12th cent. (VCH iii, 319).