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.

Drayton Beauchamp

Major Settlement in the Parish of Drayton Beauchamp

Historical Forms

  • Draitone 1086 DB
  • Drayton Belcamp 1238 Gross
  • Drayton Becham 1526 LS


v. dræg . There is no river-bend to be cut off here, but the sense 'place where timber is dragged' is not improbable for Drayton lies at the foot of well-wooded hills.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site