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 Sherborne

Historical Forms

  • Scireburne 1086 DB
  • Sireburna 1123 Warwick
  • Shireburne 1221 Ass 1327 SR
  • Shirburne 1315 Cl
  • Shurborne 1474 StratGild
  • Shurburne 1550 SR
  • Sherborne 1535 VE


'Clear stream,' v. scir , burna . “Which had its name originally from the said brook Scireburne , in our old English signifying a clear running stream, for so is this” (Dugdale 507).

Places in the same Parish

Other OS name