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.

Dowthorpe End

Early-attested site in the Parish of Earls Barton

Historical Forms

  • Barton Thorp 1261,1317 Ass
  • Bartonethorp 1335 Ass
  • Thorp juxta Barton 1293 FF
  • Thorp in parockia de Barton Comitis 1511 FF
  • Dowthorpe townes end, Thorpe hill 1641 Terrier
  • Thorp lane end 1740 Terrier


It has been suggested that this is the DB manor of Widetorp , but it is difficult to connect the forms. The addition of Dow - is also a difficulty. In a Terrier of 1740 we have Dowlands in the East Field of Barton. It is clear that we must associate Dow thorpe, on the east side of Barton, with Dowlands, but the significance of the added element is uncertain.

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement