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.

King's Weir

Early-attested site in the Parish of Kirtlington

Historical Forms

  • Kinges wayre 1591 Survey


King's Weir (6″) is Kinges wayre 1591Survey , v. wer . It may take name from Robert de Kenningges , mentioned c. 1275 Frid. The reference is “super Kyngenehull' iuxta terram Roberti de Kenningges.” Cf. Werpeie early 13th AD, Werehulle , Warepeth c. 1275 Frid. These names mean 'path and hill by the weir,' v. pæð , hyll .