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Survey of English Place-Names

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Ashton under Hill

Major Settlement in the Parish of Ashton under Hill

Historical Forms

  • Æsctun 991 KCD678
  • on Æschæma gemæru 1042 KCD764 11th
  • Essetone, Estone 1086 DB
  • Estona Hy2 Madox 1179 Tewk81 1291 Heref
  • Aissetounia 1128 France
  • Aissetona Hy2 Ch 1316
  • Aysstone 1327 SR
  • Eistun 1177 BM
  • Ayston 13 Misc
  • Eschetona, Aschetona 13 Tewk83d
  • Asschton' 1308 Ass
  • As(s)heton 1346 Orig 1449 Pat
  • Asheton Underhill 1544 FF
  • Ashton 1420 IpmR 1456 Surv
  • Ashton subtus montem 1570 FF
  • Ashton Underhill 1686 PR
  • Asseton subtus Bredon Hill 1545 MinAcct

Etymology

'Farmstead near the ash-tree', v. æsc , tūn . The hill is part of Bredon Hill (Wo 101), which is also called ye great hill of Ashton under hill 1627Hopt E. 5. On the OE  elliptical form Æschæma , v. hǣme 'dwellers' and cf. Weston Subedge (i, 261supra ).