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.

Winstree Hundred

Hundred in the County of Essex

Historical Forms

  • Wensistreu 1086 DB
  • Wensi(e)stre 1184–7 P
  • Wen(e)sing(es)tr(e) 1198 Cur 1232 FF 1254 Ass
  • Wensintr(e), Sensentr(e) 1219 Fees 1371 SR
  • Wesentre 1238 SR 1274 RH 1276,1291 For
  • Wens(e)tr(e) 1248–55 Ass 1398 IpmR
  • Wynstre 1485 ADii
  • Winstre 1594 N


'Wynsige 's tree,' v. treo(w), with occasional connective ing .For similar hundred-names in tree cf. Becontree supra 87–8, Thedwestry (Sf), Wixamtree (PN BedsHu 87) and Doddingtree (PN Wo 23). Called both a hundred and a half-hundred. The meeting-place of the hundred was very probably at the place called Mustouwe (c. 1300ColchA ) in Layer de la Haye, the home of Hervey atte Motstowe (1285Ipm ), at or near the site of Mustowyhouse (1512 EAS xxi), a tenement of Richard Duke of Layer de la Haye, probably on the high ground near Duke's Fm infra 319. v. (ge)mot, stow , and cf. Crouch Fair Green infra 439.