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Early-attested site in the Parish of Malmesbury

Historical Forms

  • Corstuna 1065 KCD817 14th
  • Corstone 1086 DB
  • Corston 1177 P
  • Coreston 1242 Fees
  • Corston juxta Malmesbury 1302 Ass
  • Corsen 1673 Sadler


The place is on Gauze Brook supra 7 and the meaning is 'farm on the Cors (stream),' v. tun . Cf. Corston in Pembrokeshire (NCPNW 10) in which however cors probably denotes 'bog, swamp.'