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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Broad Chalke

Historical Forms

  • Gerardeston 1237 Pat 1254 StNicholas 1312 Sarum
  • Gerardestona 1242 Fees
  • Estgerardestone 1289 FF
  • Westgererdiston 1419 ADi
  • Geradyston 1533–8 ECP
  • Geredston 1547 StNicholas
  • Geradston 1602 FF
  • Garrardston 1637 Phillipps
  • Gerardstone al. Gerston t.Eliz ChancP
  • Gerardston al. Gurston 1647 Recov


This is a post-Conquest tun-name. It represents the 3–hide estate in Chelche which Girardus held in DB. In 1166 (RBE)Gerard de Chelca held a knight's fee of the abbess of Wilton, to whose predecessor Chalke had belonged in 1086.