English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Widdenton Park Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of West Wycombe

Historical Forms

  • Widinton 1197 Fines
  • Wydingdona 1228 Bract
  • Widendon 13th ADi
  • Wydinton 1337 Cl 1347 ADi


There is some evidence for an OE  pers. name Wīda , and this seems to be an -ingdun name derived from that pers. name, hence 'Wida's hill,' cf. ingtun, or it may be OE  Widga , hence 'Widga's hill.' The topography favours a dun .