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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Sunningwell

Historical Forms

  • geatescumb 955 BCS906 c.1200
  • Yattescumbe 1247–8 Ass


Yatscombe, geatescumb 955 (c. 1200) BCS 906, Yattescumbe 1247–8Ass , probably 'valley of the gate', v. geat , cumb , but the first el. might be the rare pers.n. Gēat , cf. Yattendon (Pt 1279). Yatscombe is on a ridge, but the name may refer to the stream-valley N.W. of the ridge. In the bounds of an area belonging to Abingdon in BCS 906 (v. Pt 3) geatescumb appears as a property belonging to the estate, but no indication is given of the exact location.