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.

Leightonstone Hundred

Hundred in the County of Huntingdonshire

Historical Forms

  • Lestune, Lestone, Delestune 1086 DB
  • Lectunestane 1086 DB 1175 P
  • Lehtunestan 1163 P
  • Legtonestan 1168 P
  • Leochstoneston 1180 P
  • Wapent' de Lehtonestan 1227 Ass
  • Lettonestan 1255 For
  • Lectoneston 1285 FA
  • Leytoneston 1295 BM 1303 FA
  • Leythtonestone 1316 FA
  • Leyghtonestan 1327 SR
  • Leghtonstone 1364,1370 Cl


The stone at which the hundred-meeting was held is marked on Bowen's map just to the south of Leighton Bromswold, on the right side of the road, where the 1 in. Ordnance Map marks 'The Castle.' This site is central for the Hundred. This stone still exists in the village (ex inf. Mr C. C. Tebbutt). For a hundred-name of similar type, cf. Bingameshou Wapentake (Nt) which takes its name from a hoh or hill near the village of Bingham.