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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Speen

Historical Forms

  • Wodespene 1275 Cl
  • Wode Spene 1325 Cl
  • Wodespeyne 1316 Ipm
  • Woodspene 1316 FA
  • Woodyspene 1547 LRMB


Woodspeen, Wodespene 1275 Clet passim with variant spelling Wodespen '; Wode Spene 1325 Cl, Wodespeyne 1316 Ipm, Woodspene 1316 FA, Woodyspene 1547LRMB . The prefix is wudu 'wood', added to distinguish this settlement from the main village, which was known as Church Spene (v. 266).