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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Durnford

Historical Forms

  • Saltertun 1199 P
  • Salterton(e) 1298 Ipm 1310 Cl 1393 IpmR
  • Saltreton(e) 1289 Ass
  • Salterne 1332 SR
  • Psalterton 1641 NQvii


Salterton is Saltertun 1199 P, Salterton (e )1298 Ipm, 1310 Cl, 1393 IpmR, Saltreton (e )1289Ass , Salterne 1332SR , Psalterton 1641 NQ vii. This is from OE  sealtera -tūn , 'salt-workers' farm.' Cf. Woodbury Salterton (PN D 602). It is difficult to conceive what the salters were doing here with their salterne or salt- houses.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name

Major Settlement