English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Burnt Norton & Middle Norton, Norton Hall

Early-attested site in the Parish of Weston Subedge

Historical Forms

  • per norðamere 709 BCS125 c.1200
  • Nortvne 1086 DB
  • Norton(a) 1220,1236 Fees 1248 Ch 1287 Ass
  • Norton(a) Gyffard 1276 RH 1285 FA 1287 Ass
  • Norton(a) sub Egg(e) 1278,1302 Ipm 1326 MinAcct Hy6 AddCh
  • Norton(a) under Egge 1303 FA 1320 Ass 1478 Pat
  • Over Norton(a), Nether Norton(a) 1582 FF
  • manerium sub Egge de Nortune 1274 RH
  • Northton' sub Egge 1294 Episc


'North farmstead', v. norð , tūn , so called from its location in relation to Aston Subedge (232supra ) with the same affix. On the OE spelling cf. Aston Subedge (232supra ); it is not to be confused with norðhomme (265 infra ) later in the same charter. It was called Gyffard from the feudal tenant (cf. John Gyffard 1303 FA), and 'Burnt' from the burning down of the hall in 1741 when Sir John Keyt, the owner, lost his life in the fire.