English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Bampton

Historical Forms

  • Litelwater, Lytelwater, -il- 1289 Lowth 1291 CWxxii,310 c.1297 Lowth 1392 et freq


Littlewater, 1653–1704 PR (freq ), Litelwater , Lytelwater , -il -1289Lowth , 1291 CW xxii, 310, c. 1297Lowth et freq to 1392 ib. 'Small lake', v. lȳtel , wæter . There is a small tarn below the hamlet.