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.

Wymersley Hundred

Hundred in the County of Northamptonshire

Historical Forms

  • Wimereslea a.1076 GeldRoll 1187 P
  • Wymeresle 12th Survey
  • Winemereslea 1086 DB 1182 P
  • Wimereslea, Wimeresle, Wimareslea 1086 DB
  • Wimerleu 1086 DB
  • Wymerle 1275 RH
  • Wymersle 1284 FA
  • Wymbersley 1541 Statutes
  • Colentreu, Colestreu in DB
  • Coltrewestan in DB


'Winemǣr 's clearing or wood,' v. leah . Baker (i, 335) notes that the hundred was probably so named from Wimer or Winemar who had been lord of it in Saxon times. He may have thought that this was actually the Winemar who (TRW) held many manors in Northamptonshire, notably in this hundred, but as he was a Fleming, it is clear that the hundred could not have been named after him, for the name is certainly far older.