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Survey of English Place-Names

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The Ditches

Early-attested site in the Parish of Rushbury

Historical Forms

  • Wylleburi 13th VCHX368
  • Wynbury Castle 16th ib


The Ditches, 1833 OS. An earlier name for this hill-fort was Wylleburi 13th VCH X368, Wynbury Castle 16th ib. Eyton (iv, 144) gives a reference to ploughland “under Bileburie” : it seems likely that B - is mistranscribed for W -. v. byrig . The first element may be the personal name Willa : 'willows' seem unlikely at this high site.