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.

Toston Hill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Bottesford

Historical Forms

  • Toxtonhyl 1304 Rut
  • Toxtonul 1314 ib
  • Toxtonehil Edw2 ib
  • Tustonhyll 1427 Terrier
  • Tawsten hyll 1567 Terrier
  • Tawesting hill 1625 ib
  • Toston Hill 1736 Terrier 1824 O
  • the tawstinge hill feilde 1625 Terrier
  • Toston Hill Field 1736 ib
  • Tosternhill Field 1772 EnclA


The hill appears to have been a habitation site, that of 'Tōk's farmstead', v. tūn . The ODan  pers.n. Tōk (an original by-name 'fool') is deduced from p.ns. in Denmark, cf. DS 940, 1222 and 125. Later, the area comprised one of the great fields of Easthorpe, hence: the tawstinge hill feilde 1625Terrier , Toston Hill Field 1736ib , Tosternhill Field 1772EnclA , v. hyll , feld .