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Survey of English Place-Names

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Minchery Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Sandford on Thames

Historical Forms

  • (an antient house called) Mincherie or Minchionrea 1661 NED
  • the Minshery 1710 NED
  • Littlemore Minchery 1893 NED


Minchery Fm (6″) takes name from (an antient house called ) Mincherie or Minchionrea 1661 NED, the Minshery 1710 NED, Littlemore Minchery 1893 NED. This term for a nunnery (from minchen , v. infra 188, and -ry ) is first recorded in this place-name: the NED says it was “thence adopted in general application by archaizing writers.” There are slight remains of the Benedictine Nunnery known as Littlemore or Sandford (Dugdale iv, 491).

Places in the same Parish