English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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The Wittantree

Early-attested site in the Parish of Bisley

Historical Forms

  • Wittingtree quarrs 1841 TA


The Wittantree, Wittingtree quarrs 1841TA , which from its situation might have been the meeting-place of Bisley Hundred (117supra ), possibly represents an OE  witena -trēow 'tree of the councillors, tree where the councillors met' in allusion to some such assembly as that of the hundred; v. wita , trēow , and cf. Longtree (85supra ) for another hundred named from a tree. But the evidence for the name is so late that it may equally well be from OE  hwīting -trēow 'whitten tree, water elder, wild guelder-rose', as Professor Arngart suggests (Anderson 28). For quarrs , v. quarriere 'quarry'.