English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Gretton

Major Settlement in the Parish of Rushbury

Historical Forms

  • Grotintune 1086 DB
  • Grotinton' 1214 Cur c.1225 SAC 1261-2 ForProc 1271-2 ib
  • Grotinton 1284-5 FA
  • Grotynton' 1334 SR
  • Gredinton' 1208-9 ForProc 1255-6 Ass
  • Gretiton 1255 RH 1297 Cl
  • Gretton' 1255-6 Ass 1301 SAC
  • Gretton 1499 Ipm 1625 SBL6390
  • Gretinton' 1269 Cl 1271-2 ForProc
  • Gretintun 1302 Ch
  • Gretynton 1397 InqMisc
  • Grotiton' 1271-2 Ass (p), ForProc
  • Grytington', Gretington 1271-2 Ass
  • Grodyton' 1291-2 Ass
  • Grotyngton 1375 Pat 1446 Cl
  • Grodyngton 1400 SAS1/XLVII

Etymology

'Gravelly settlement', v. tūn . The first element is *grēoten , an adjectival derivative of grēot . The place is situated on a small patch of morainic deposits consisting of clayey gravel (ex. inf. Ann Cole).