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.

Westbury Hundred

Hundred in the County of Gloucestershire

Historical Forms

  • Neweham c.1230 GlR
  • Westberie(s) h(vn)d', Wesberie 1086 DB
  • Westb'ihdr' 1169 P
  • hund' de Westbir', Westbyr' 1220 Fees 1221,1248 Ass
  • Westbur' 1265 Misc 1276 RH
  • Westbery c.1275 For
  • Westbury 1287 Ass 1303 FA 1403 Pat
  • Wes(e)bury 1486 DB 1535 VE


Named from Westbury on Severn (201infra ). The meeting place may have been at Broadoak (202infra ) where the manorial court was held as late as 1760 (Guise M. 11); it is halfway between Westbury and Newnham on the Roman road alongside the Severn; cf. also the f.n. Malsdon (207infra ).