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Survey of English Place-Names

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Sounds Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Chippenham

Historical Forms

  • Sounde c.1135,1184 Hosp
  • (le) Sund' 13th ib
  • Chalk or Sounds Fm c.1825 O.S.


Sounds Fm is Sounde c. 1135, 1184Hosp , (le ) Sund '13th ib., Chalk or Sounds Fm c. 1825 O.S. Possibly from sand , 'sand, sandy soil.'There are sand pits near by. Cf. Sound (Ch), Sonde 1274, 1282 DEPN and v. Introd. xxxiii.