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The Cam Vale Group of Parishes includes the villages of Longburton, Holnest, Lillington and Leweston,
located in the picturesque Blackmore Vale and close to the renowned Abbey Town of Sherborne.
A profile of the Cam Vale Group of Parishes
The Names: Longburton, Leweston, Lillington, Holnest
Longburton comes from the Old English lang (long) and burh-tun (fortified farm or farm near a fortification). A number of versions of the village name have been adopted over the centuries. This is hardly surprising in the period before spelling was standardised. Early references show Burton (1244), Buryton (1285), Bourton (1316) and Langebourton (1460).
Leweston is probably a farm belonging to a man called Leofwig, from the Old English tun + a personal name.
Lillington (farm called after a man named Lylla) comes from the Old English -lngton + a personal name. However, before 1293 the village belonged to one William de Lillington.
Holnest (copse or wooded hill where ho
lly grows) comes from the Old English holeyn +hurst. References include Holeherst (1185), Holenherst (1268), Holnest (1316) and Holnhurst (1375).