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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Brailes

Historical Forms

  • Winterton(e) 1166 RBE 1334 Ipm
  • Wynterton 1235 Fees 1547 Monast
  • Wintreton 1221 Ass 1242 Fees 1326 Cl
  • Wynderton 1262 Ass 1268 Ipm 1279 Nott 1315 Ipm 1549 Pat 1568 Compton
  • Wyndreton 1279 Nott
  • Wintrintone ib.
  • Winderton al. Winterton 1618 FF
  • Winderton al. Wimerton 1661 FF


'Winter-farm,' v. tun , perhaps referring to a settlement used during the winter months. Cf. Winterton (Pembrokeshire), 14th-century Winterton . The place is situated under the ridge of Edge Hill in a sheltered spot, protected from the north and east, and might have been so named in distinction from some bleaker enclosure on the hills above. Cf. Gwavas (Co) from gwaf , 'winter,' and bod (bos ), 'dwelling.' The Welsh Hafod (haf , 'summer') is a very common place-name. Cf. further Winterfold (PN Wo 239) and Somerton (PN O 188).