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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Cheswardine

Historical Forms

  • Goldestan c.1200 ForProc 1255–6 Ass
  • Goldeston 1565 SBL4712
  • Golstan' 1279–80 RentSur 1440 Fine
  • Goldstan 1291–2 Ass 1337–8 ForProc


v. gold , stān . This appears to be a clear case of the use of gold for an object of golden colour, rather than as a reference to plants.