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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Newbury

Historical Forms

  • Goldewell' 1376–7 RentSur
  • Goldewell 1542 ib
  • watercourse called Goldwell, Gowldwell 1570 Dep
  • water course in Spinehamland called goldwell 1571 ib


Goldwell, Goldewell '1376–7RentSur , Goldewell 1542ib , watercourse called Goldwell , Gowldwell 1570Dep , water course in Spinehamland called goldwell 1571ib , 'stream or spring where golden flowers grow', from OE  golde and w(i)ella. For another example of this name v. O 224–5.