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A Dictionary of British Place Names

A. D. Mills

Stow, Stowe, 

‘assembly-place, holy place’, OE stōw; examples include: Stow Lincs. Stou 1086 (db). Stow Bardolf Norfolk. Stou 1086 (db). Manorial affix from the Bardulf family, here in the 13th cent. Stow Bedon Norfolk. Stou 1086 (db), Stouwebidun 1287. Manorial affix from the de Bidun family, here in the 13th cent. Stow cum Quy Cambs. Stoua 1086, Stowe cum Quey 1316. Quy is Coeia in 1086 (db), ‘cow island’ from OE + ēg. Latin cum is ‘with’. Stowe Staffs. Stowe 1242. Stow Maries Essex. Stowe 1222, Stowe Mareys 1420. Manorial affix from the Mareys family, here in the 13th cent. Stow on the Wold Glos. Eduuardesstou 1086 (db), Stoua 1213, Stowe on the Olde 1574. Originally ‘St Edward's holy place’. Later affix is from OE wald ‘high ground cleared of forest’. Stow, West Suffolk. Stowa 1086 (db), Westowe 1254.