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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Wem

Historical Forms

  • Eastun 975 S 12th
  • Estona c.1144 SAC 1249 SAC
  • Hestuna sub Wrekena c.1187 SAC
  • Aston' 1231-40 SAC
  • Aston' iuxta Wrokene 1261-2 ForProc
  • Aston' sub Wrekene 1271-2 ib
  • Astoun under the Wrekene 1397 Cl
  • Aston subtus Wreken 1535 VE


The village is a mile E. of Uppington. The area to which it is central forms a well-defined corner of Wellington parish, but is not a parish in its own right or a Domesday manor. It has been included in this study of ancient and modern administrative centres because it was a pre-Conquest estate of 3 hides, the subject of a royal charter dated A.D. 975. In the boundary survey of this the S.E. boundary is given as 'along the Wrekin'.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name