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.

Black Down

Early-attested site in the Parish of Winterborne Steepleton

Historical Forms

  • Blakedon' 1269 Ilch
  • Blakedoun(e) 1399,1400 ib
  • Blackdowne 1565 Fry
  • Blagdon or Blackdown Hill 1774 Hutch1
  • Black Down 1764 EnclA 1811 OS
  • Blagdon (sic) 1839 TA


Black Down (SY 614877), Blakedon '1269Ilch , Blakedoun (e )1399, 1400ib , Blackdowne 1565Fry , Blagdon or Blackdown Hill 1774 Hutch1, Black Down 1764EnclA , 1811 OS, Blagdon (sic)1839TA , 'dark- coloured down or hill', from blæc (wk. obl. blacan ) and dūn , cf. the identical Blackdown and Blagdon Hills in Broadwindsor par. infra and Blagdon 2207. Black Down reaches 777′ at the S edge of the par. and gives name to Blagdon Barn infra as well as to Black Down Barn in Lt Bredy par., Black Down Barn & Black Down Plant. in Portisham par. both supra and to Blagdon Barn in Winterborne St M. 1 376.