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.

Holme, now Biggin Mills

Early-attested site in the Parish of Newton

Historical Forms

  • Holme 1086 DB
  • Holm(e) 1232 Ass 1544 LP
  • Holm(e) juxta Dounebrugge 1293 Ass
  • Holm(e) Durebrugge ib.
  • Holm(e) Clyfton 1394 ib
  • molend. de Holm qui voc. Cothele, molendin. de Cottele c.1300 Combe
  • Holme al. Newbyggyng 1544 LP
  • Biggin al. Holme 1652,1673 FF
  • Holme al. New Biggin, Biggin Mills al. Cuttle Mills 1629 DKRxxxix
  • Holme Meadow c.1840 TA


v. holmr . The place lies near the Avon. For Cuttle v. supra 2–3. “Antiently this was called Holme , having been a village in the Conq. time, though now there be scarce any thing left but a Mill: which name it took from the situation, lying in a nook betwixt the River Avon and a small brook…for such grounds as are in whole, or for the most part, compassed with water, are so called, as we may observe almost everywhere” (Dugdale 9).

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement