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Major Settlement in the Parish of Wellesbourne Hastings and Mountford

Historical Forms

  • (in) Weles burnan 840 BCS430 11th
  • (æt) Weles burnan 862 12th 969 18th ib
  • (æt) Walesburnan 872 BCS535 15th
  • Waleborne 1086 DB
  • Walesborna t.Hy1 Kenilworth
  • Walisborne 1122 Ch 1314
  • Walesburna c.1150 FW
  • Walesburn Parva 1246 Ch
  • Welesburna t.Hy1 Kenilworth 1123 Warwick
  • Welesburne c.1150 FW 1235 Fees
  • Welleburne 1175,1190 P 1247 FF
  • Wellesburn 1267 Ipm
  • Wellesburne Major 1267,1296 Ipm 1279 Nott
  • Wellesburne Minor 1327 SR
  • Wellesburne Montfort 1327 FF 1332 SR
  • Wellesburne Hastang ib.
  • Wellesburne le Strange 1385 Dugdale 1541 FF
  • Wellesburne Hastingez 1492 Ipm
  • Welsborn Hastings al. Welsborn Lestrange 1659 FF
  • Hastanges in 1316 (FA)
  • Munford' in 1185 (P)


Wellesbourne must have been an old name for Dene Brook or part of it, v. supra 3. The persistent single l in all the earliest forms makes it difficult if not impossible to take the first element as the gen. of OE  wiell , wæll , 'spring, stream.' Equally difficult, in view of the early and persistent Wel -forms, is any attempt to connect the name with OE  wēales , gen. of wealh , 'foreigner.' The name must remain an unsolved problem.Wellesbourne Hastings was held by Thomas de Hastanges in 1316 (FA) and Wellesbourne Mountford by Robert de Munford ' in 1185 (P). Roger and John Lestrange are mentioned in connection with the former in 1376 (FF ).

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