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Survey of English Place-Names

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Linch Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Wytham

Historical Forms

  • La Linche 1247–8 FF
  • Linche 1252 InqMisc


Linch Fm, La Linche 1247–8FF , Linche 1252 InqMisc. In the second ref. the name is that of a stream; it is stated that Thomas Barre, John de Keniton and Roger de Bayworth ought to make a bridge over Linche . v. hlinc 'bank, ridge'. The farm is in the village of Wytham, which lies at the foot of Wytham Hill, with gently sloping land to the W. and Seacourt Stream bounding the village on the E. The hlinc may have been a man-made ridge, perhaps to keep the stream within bounds.