English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Wotton under Edge

Historical Forms

  • Suuen well', Synel' 1248 Ass
  • Sinwell, Synwell 1541 FF 1542 LP 1629 DJ
  • Sunwell 1624 FF


Sinwell, Suuen well ', Synel '1248Ass (p), Sinwell , Synwell 1541FF , 1542 LPet freq to 1629DJ 32, Sunwell 1624FF . The earliest form indicates that this is a contraction of an OE  seofon-wellan 'seven springs' (cf. seofen wyllas in Turkdean i, 184 supra , Sowel, D 565), v. seofon , wella .