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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Stratford on Avon

Historical Forms

  • Melecumba (sic) 1226 Bracton
  • Wellecombe 1285 Ass
  • Welecombe 1299 RBW
  • Welecumbe 1306 Ass 1327 SR
  • Wolcombe (sic) c.1400 EcclVar
  • Welcombe 1414 StratGild
  • Welcum 1558 Minutes


Welcombe is Melecumba (sic)1226 Bracton, Wellecombe 1285Ass , Welecombe 1299RBW , Welecumbe 1306Ass , 1327 SR, Wolcombe (sic)c. 1400EcclVar , Welcombe 1414et passim StratGild, Welcum 1558 Minutes. 'Spring valley,' v. wielle , cumb . Cf. Welcombe (PN D 79). “This place had its appellation originally from the Spring rising in that deep valley” (Dugdale 523).

Places in the same Parish