English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Austy Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Wootton Wawen

Historical Forms

  • Halwestowe early13th CartMisc
  • Halestowe 14th ADiii
  • Hallestowe 1457 MinAcct
  • Halstowe, Halstowode, Halstofelde c.1500 MinAcct
  • bosc. voc. Haustowe t.Eliz Ct
  • wood called Horstowe 1607,1640 ib


Austy Wood is Halwestowe early 13thCartMisc , Halestowe 14th AD iii, Hallestowe 1457MinAcct , Halstowe , Halstowode , Halstofelde c. 1500MinAcct , bosc. voc. Haustowe t. ElizCt , wood called Horstowe 1607, 1640 ib. The first form shows clearly that this is from OE  hālge stōw , 'holy spot,'v. stow . It is not far from The Hermitage infra 246, but it is difficult to say if the names are to be associated.