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.

Dunclent Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Stone

Historical Forms

  • Dunclent 1086 DB 1212 Fees140 1275,1327 SR
  • Dounclent 1316 FF 1346 FA
  • Dunklet 1527 Wills
  • Dunklyn, Dunklin 1577 Saxton 1675 Ogilby


Dunclent lies a good five or six miles south-east of the Clent Hills proper, but as the ground slopes continuously down the whole way, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that the term Clent may have been applied to a fairly large district and that Down -clent was the name given to the village which lay at the foot of it. If that is the case we have a very early example of the use of that element in place-name compounds. Down Ampney (Gl) was so called in contrast to Up Ampney or Ampney Crucis. It is on slightly lower ground, but here the Down is probably used to describe a place which is lower down a stream, viz. Ampney Brook. The earliest reference for Doun - in this name that has been noted is 1284 (FA).

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement