Attested: AI iter 12 Vindogladia, iter 15 Vindocladia; RC Bindogladia
Where: Shapwick Roman
fort at ST948023 in Dorset, near where a Roman road crossed the river Stour at ST93640164
Name origin: Vindo ‘pleasant’ plus a forerunner of the later place-name element gelād ‘difficult river crossing’ discussed by Gelling and Cole (2000: 81-83)
Notes: Translation as ‘white ditches’ (R&S p500) to fit Badbury Rings chalk and Welsh gwynn ‘white’ plus clawdd ‘ditch’ is unsatisfactory, partly because there are two spellings with G and only one with C, but mainly because the Roman fort and settlement, to which the name probably applied, was 1.7 km away from the hill-fort.
Last Edited: 27 July 2016