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.

Hawkcombe Lane

Early-attested site in the Parish of Compton Abbas

Historical Forms

  • Hawcombe (Fd) 1842 TA
  • Hawkham Cl, Hawkham Coppice 1837 ib
  • on holencumb 956 ShaftR(S630) 14
  • to holencumbe, of þanne cumbe 932 15 ib


Hawkcombe Lane (ST 859184), named from a group of fields, near the par. bdy, called Hawcombe (Fd )1842TA (this par.), Hawkham Cl , Hawkham Coppice 1837ib (Fontmell M.), which are to be identified with on holencumb 956 (14) ShaftR (S 630) in the Anglo-Saxon bounds of Compton A., coinciding with to holencumbe , of þanne cumbe 932 (15) ib (S 419) in the Fontmell M. bounds, v. hol 2 (wk.obl. holan ) 'hollow, deep', cumb 'valley'.