Anglo-Saxons – Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo is a series of large mounds in East Anglia in England. In 1939, a local archaeologist excavated the biggest mound and found an Anglo-Saxon ship buried there. The ship is believed to have belonged to an Anglo-Saxon King due to the wonderful artefacts found during the excavation.

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Anglo – Saxons – Exploring place names

This week, we have been looking at local place names like Warley, Oldbury, Smethwick, Dudley, Kingswinford, Coseley, Erdington, Rowley and Birmingham and thinking about how this is evidence of Anglo-Saxon place names.

Can you spot any of these words in any other place names..?

The Anglo – Saxon word barrow means wood.

  • bourne / burn means stream
  • burh (borough) means town
  • bury means fortified place
  • dun (don) means hill
  • ford means shallow river crossing
  • ham means village
  • hurst means wooded hill
  • leigh / ley or lee means forest clearing
  • mar / mar / mere means lake
  • ney means island
  • port means market town
  • stead means place
  • stowe means meeting place
  • ton / tun means enclosed village
  • wick means farm
  • worth means fenced land

Here’s a link to an interactive map that you can use to explore them locally and further afield:,-7.747/zoom=7

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