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Early-attested site in the Parish of Wootton

Historical Forms

  • Yolwebir' 1248 Ass
  • Yebour 1327 SR
  • Yolbur 1333 ib
  • Yowbery 1578 CourtR
  • Yelbury 1720,1756 Bodl


Youlbury, Yolwebir '1248Ass (p), Yebour 1327SR , Yolbur 1333ib (p), Yowbery 1578CourtR , Yelbury 1720, 1756Bodl . Identical with Ilbury O 257, 'yellow fort', v. geolu , burh , byrig ; there is yellow clay and gravel in the vicinity. The house called Youlbury stands on a hill-spur which may have been fortified in prehistoric times.