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

  • Wyndesouere forlong 1317 ADiii
  • Wyndyssor 1561,1567 Minutes
  • Windyser 1574 ib
  • Wynsore 1582 ib


Windsor is Wyndesouere forlong 1317 AD iii, Wynddesore 1424, Wyndesore t. Ed 3, 1493Deed , Wyndyssor 1561, 1567 Minutes, Windyser 1574 ib., Wynsore 1582 ib. This name is preserved in Windsor St, formerly Hell Lane , v. supra 238. It was originally a piece of land outside the town. The Win (d )sor -names have been discussed in PN Sr 152–3s. n. Windlesham. The others all show a second element ora . This is the only one with ofer . The first element would seem to be a pers. name. The forms of this particular place-name are too late for us to determine the precise form of the pers. name.

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