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.

Temple Grafton

Major Settlement in the Parish of Temple Grafton

Historical Forms

  • Grafton(e) 710 BCS127 14th Evesham c.1086 BM 1190 Fees 1189 RH 1242 1275
  • Grafton Major c.1200 Evesham
  • Grafton hospitelarium 1306 Ass
  • Over Grafton 1344 FF
  • Temple Grafton 1363 ADv
  • Temple Grafton al. Ardens Grafton 1609 Recov
  • Greftone 962 BCS1092 14th
  • Greftun t.Hy3 CartMisc
  • Grefton 1232 Ass
  • Grastone 1086 DB
  • Graffeton


'Farm by the pit or trench' (v. græf , tun ), the reference being perhaps to the well-marked valley here. The place is not known to have been held by the Templars, but the Hospitallers had an estate here in 1189 (Dugdale 541). Major and Over in distinction from Ardens Grafton infra .

Places in the same Parish