English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Cindery Island

Early-attested site in the Parish of Brightlingsea

Historical Forms

  • Sundry 1678 Camden


Cindery Island [ðə sindri] is the Syndry 1539, Sinder Isle 1674 Dickin, Sundry 1678 Camden. This is probably from OE  sundor , 'apart' and eg , 'low-lying land.' It was “originally a long narrow strip of marshland, which has been cut in two by the force of the ebb tide out of St Osyth Creek” (Dickin 1), and is marked as an island on Camden's map. Cf. Cinders Wood (PN Wo 84) and Sounderwyke (in Layer de la Haye) 1535 VE.

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement