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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Colesborne

Historical Forms

  • æt Pindeswilla 680 Glouc 15th
  • æt Pindewillan 862 BCS535 late13th
  • Pindeswell, Pyndeswell 15 Glouc 1542 MinAcct 1606 FF


The first el. is probably the rare OE word pynd which may have had some such sense as 'pond' in the Riming Poem 49; it certainly has this meaning in ME p.ns. (cf. EPN ii, 75), and the related verb OE  (ge )pyndan means 'to dam up'. Pinswell would mean 'spring belonging to a pool where the water was impounded', v. wella (wielle).