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Survey of English Place-Names

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Gunnel Lane

Other OS name in the Parish of Empingham

Historical Forms

  • Gun Hill c1850 Anc
  • Gunwell Stye Way l17 Terrier


( local ) , Gun Hill c1850Anc , Gunwell Stye Way l17Terrier . Ostensibly a p.n. with OE  wella ' a spring, a stream ' but if so , the first el . presents problems . The Scand  pers.n. Gunni is the most obvious choice for this but it is rare to find a Scand pers. n. compounded with OE  wella . Gunni may have replaced an earlier OE pers. n. ( as in Bracewell YW 638 ) , but as the pers. n. Gunni is also probable in Gundale in neighbouring Ketton f. ns . ( b ) , it may be that the Empingham name is also Gundale ' Gunni's valley ' , v. sty-way .