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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.

Chipping Warden

Major Settlement in the Parish of Chipping Warden

Historical Forms

  • Waredon(e) 1086 DB 1205 ClR
  • Wardon 1163 BM
  • Westwardon 1205 FF 1242 Fees 1349 Ipm
  • Chepyng Wardoun 1389 Cl
  • Westwardyn al. Chepingwarden 1483 IpmR


'Watch hill,' v. weard , dun and cf. Warden Hill (PN BedsHu 97) and Warden (PN NbDu s. n .). The reference is to the prominent 'Warden Hill' to the east of the village. Chipping , 'market,' v. cieping . West in relation to Warden (Beds) the Abbot of which held lands here (Bridges i, 111).

Places in the same Parish