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.

Thornbury Hundred (Lower Division)

Hundred in the County of Gloucestershire

Historical Forms

  • Torneb'ihundred', Torneberihundred' 1169,1178,1180 P
  • hundr(ed)' de Tornebir' 1199,1204 P
  • hundr(ed)' de Tornebur 1274 RH
  • hundr(ed)' de Thorn(e)byr' 1248 Ass
  • hundr(ed)' de Thorn(e)bury 1303,1316 FA 1322 Pat 1403 et freq
  • hundr(ed)' de Thorn(e)bure 1327 SR


Named from Thornbury (14infra ), an extensive and important manor with a castle, belonging to the Earls of Gloucester (cf. Taylor 191, 195, Anderson 32).