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Survey of English Place-Names

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Ditton Priors

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Dodintone, Dodentone 1086 DB
  • Dodintun' 1160 P
  • Dodinton' 1161 P 1334 SR
  • Dudintona c.1175 Pat 1348
  • Dudinton' 1212 AD 1214 P
  • Dudinton 1255 RH 1262 Ch
  • Dudynton 1271-2 Ass
  • Dodington' 1190 P
  • Dodyngton 1281(1348),1329,31 Pat
  • Dudington' 1230 P
  • Dodyton' 1334 SR
  • Dodyton Prioris 1346 Pat
  • Doditon' 1349 SBL6979
  • Prioursduditon 1406 Fine
  • Ditton Prioris, Priorz Dytton 1535 VE
  • Ditton alias Priours Ditton, Dytton 1549 Pat
  • Priors Ditton 1577 Saxton
  • Dytton Priors 1672 HTR
  • Ditton Priors 1833 OS
  • Dutton 1552 Pat

Etymology

This is one of the group of names discussed under Detton.There are early forms with Dud - for this example, though Dod - spellings predominate heavily. Dud (d )a and Dod (d )a are regarded as variants of the same personal name, so the distinction is not a vital one.

Priors refers to ownership by Wenlock Priory.

The townships are Ditton Priors, Middleton and Ruthall. Derrington was sometimes treated as a township, sometimes not: when not, it is in Middleton, and it has been so treated here.

Major Settlements