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Survey of English Place-Names

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Steeton Hall

Early-attested site in the Parish of Sherburn in Elmet

Historical Forms

  • on Stiuetune 963 RegAlbi,56d 13
  • Styfe-tun, of Styfing-tune c.1030 YCh7
  • Stiueton(a), Stiveton(a) 1166,1167 P 1184 Pont 1201 Cur c.1206 RegAlbiii,51 a.1266 KF 1305 Ch
  • Steweton 1279 YI
  • Steveton 1428 FA
  • Steeton-Hall 1822 Langd
  • Stivetone 1086 DB


Steeton occurs thrice in YW (224, vi, 24 infra ), and the first el. is therefore probably a significant word. The spelling Styfing - suggests this might be OE  styfic 'a stump'; 'farmstead amongst or built of tree-stumps', v. tūn . Stewton L (Stivetone 1086 DB) has the same origin. The modern form Steeton arises by ME  lengthening of ME -i - to -e - in an open syllable (cf. Phonol. § 23).