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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Brixton

Historical Forms

  • Plethameston c.1250 Deed
  • Plethemeston juxta Plumptone 1296 FF
  • Pled(a)meston(e) c.1300 Deed
  • Buttelers 1504 Ipm
  • Butlers al. Plethmeston 1605 Deed


Probably 'Pleghelm 's farm,' though the change of g to th is difficult to account for. The later name is to be associated with the farm of Richard Butler who was living in the parish in 1525 (SR ).