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Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Wem

Historical Forms

  • Suletune 1086 DB
  • Suleton' 1200 Cur 1255 RH
  • Soleton 1271-2 Ass 1284-5 FA
  • Sulton' 1271-2,91-2 Ass
  • Sulton 1431 FA 1470,84 Cl 1703,18 PR(L)
  • Solton' 1334 SR
  • Sowton 1577 Saxton 1695 Morden
  • Soughton 1672 HTR
  • Soulton 1677 PR(L)


Like Selattyn, this name is a compound of tūn with sulh 'plough', perhaps 'gully'. Evidence for the gen.pl. is slighter in the Soulton forms, and the base may have been *sul (h ) tūn .Immediately to the east of Soulton Hall the stream called Soulton Brook runs in a gully which is a notable event in this hummocky, but generally flat, terrain. Soulton is a township of Wem.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name