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Early-attested site in the Parish of Egham

Historical Forms

  • La Swele 1342 Turner
  • Swull lane and close 1650 ParlSurv
  • Sulgutter Lane 1765 R
  • Swell Gutter 1822 O.S.
  • Swell Close 1842 TA


Swellgutter (old 6″) is probably identical with La Swele 1342 Turner, Swull lane and close 1650ParlSurv , Sulgutter Lane 1765 R, Swell Gutter 1822 O.S., Swell Close 1842TA . This may be connected with the ModEng swilly , 'hollow place, gutter washed out by the soil, etc.,' v. NEDs. v. , but the forms are insufficient for any certain interpretation.