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.

Rowden Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Malmesbury

Historical Forms

  • Rolidone (sic) 982 KCD632 14th
  • Rowedone t.Hy3 RegMalm
  • Rowedune c.1400 Malm


Rowden Wood (6″) is Rolidone (sic)982 (14th) KCD 632, Rowedone t. Hy 3 RegMalm, Rowedune c. 1400Malm . Probably from ruh and dun , 'rough-hill', with corrupt early form.