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.

Spadesbourne Brook

Early-attested site in the Parish of Bromsgrove

Historical Forms

  • Padston 1275 SR
  • Padeston 1380 LibPens 1457 LyttCh 1490 Ct
  • Padston Elde 1427 Ct
  • Padestone or Spadesbourne 18th Nash


The brook takes its name from a lost vill Padston or at least from the same man who left his name to a tun and to the neighbouring burna . The pers. name Padda is well established.Here we have a strong form of it. Hence 'Padd 's farm and stream.' The initial sp for p seems to be a purely modern corruption. For Elde v. Burcot, supra 338.