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.

Newton Abbot

Early-attested site in the Parish of Highweek (with Newton Abbot)

Historical Forms

  • Nova Villa late12th Oliver
  • la Novelevile in parte pertin' ad maneriutn de Teyngewyk 1275 RH
  • Schireborne Nyweton c.1200 Torre 15th
  • Nyweton Abbatis 1270,1289 Ass
  • Nyweton Abbots 1338 Ipm
  • Nyweton Abbas 1387 FF
  • villa de Nyweton Abbatis inparochia de Wolleburgh 1419 Exon


'New farm,' v. tun . The place was granted to Torre Abbey by William de Briwere in 1196 (Oliver). The meaning of Schireburn is not known. Possibly it was an old name for the Aller (supra 1). Part of the manor lay in the parish of Wolborough.