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.

Arbury Banks

Early-attested site in the Parish of Ashwell

Historical Forms

  • Erbourwe 1313 StJohns
  • Arboroughe banke t.Eliz StJohns


Arbury Banks is Erbourwe 1313StJohns , Erborwe 1348, Herburghgate 1406Ct , Arboroughe banke t. ElizStJohns . This is no doubt OE  eorð -burh , 'earthwork,' as in Arbury (PN Nth 13, PN Wa 79–80), Harborough Banks (PN Wa 289), referring to the old earthworks here (cf. VCH ii, 105).