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.

Home Downs

Early-attested site in the Parish of Ashchurch

Historical Forms

  • Hamondowne 1487 MinAcct 1527 Rent
  • Hamonsden 1683 PR
  • Hamans Down 1830 M
  • Homedown 1668 Will
  • Homedown als. Hamonsdown 1637 Inq
  • Whomedownes als. Hamondowns 1669 GR123
  • Whomedons 1673 PR
  • Woundens 1777 M


'The down or open country of Hamon', v. dūn , which in this low- lying countryside can hardly be used of a hill (cf. EPN i, 138). The pers.n. is OFr  Hamond , OG  Hamon ; the place is possibly named from Robert fitz Hamon , Earl of Gloucester, to whom the Tewkesbury manors were granted by William II (cf. Rudder 236). On the Whome - form cf. Phonol. § 42 (a ).