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.

Stangate Hill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Upton

Historical Forms

  • Stangate 1146 Cottvii.3
  • regalis via q. voc. Stangate 1286 Ass


Gate here must be the Scand. loan-word gate from ON  gata, as the name seems to have been actually applied to Ermine Street itself. It is borne by this road at the point where it climbs to cross the ridge between the fen-land east of Sawtry and the flats along Alconbury Brook. Stukeley (Itinerarium Curiosum , Iter v, 81) says that the name means 'paved with stone,' some of it still being in existence near Stilton in his day, i.e. 1742.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement