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.

Plym Steps

Early-attested site in the Parish of Sheepstor

Historical Forms

  • Plymystappys 1498 Ct
  • Plymcrundla 1291 Dartmoor 1408


Plym Steps is an ancient ford of stepping stones on the southern branch of the Abbot's Way, an old track leading from Buckfast to Buckland Abbey. There are ancient 'hut circles' here situated in an oval depression. Crundel is probably used in its original sense of 'curved valley.' Cf. also Stepps in Advent (Co)Heghstappe 1334Ct , 1338Rental , Hye Stepps 1638FF , at a crossing of the river Camel.