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Survey of English Place-Names

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Priest Ham

Early-attested site in the Parish of Gloucester

Historical Forms

  • Prestehamme 1154 Glouc
  • Prestham 1154,1192 1235 GlR
  • Presten(e)ham 1256 1269 Inq


Priest Ham (lost), Prestehamme 1154 Glouc, Prestham 1154, 1192 ib, 1235 GlR, Presten (e )ham 1256 Misc, Ch, 1269 Inq. 'The priests' water-meadow', v. prēost , hamm ; it was the property of St Peter's, Gloucester; cf. Mean Ham (supra ). For the gen.pl. in -en cf. Phonol. § 51. It was 'below the castle' (1265 Ch) and in Sud Meadow, and was probably the ham at the southern end of Alney Island and adjoining or part of Port Ham in Maisemore (iii, 162infra ).