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Early-attested site in the Parish of Irton with Santon

Historical Forms

  • Santon c.1235 StB
  • in Coupland 1381 Ass
  • Gt. or Magna Santon 1584 FF
  • Sampton 1279 Ass 1332 SR
  • Saunton 1540 LRMB
  • Saynton 1569 FF
  • Sancton 1610 CW(OS)xv
  • Hall Santon 1710 ib
  • Hale Santon 1718 ib


'Sand tūn.' Parker (172) notes that the place is not particularly sandy, but Miss M. C. Fair notes for us that there are several patches of sand in the neighbourhood, and that within half a mile of Santon is the only sand-pit in the district producing silver-sand.