Iwerne Steeple is confusingly known simply as Werne in the Domesday Book, the same as Iwerne Courtney. In 1210 it was known as Stepelton and by 1346 as Iwernestapleton. Iwerne is an ancient British (Celtic) river-name, first recorded as Iwern broc in the mid-10th century but much older than that, probably meaning 'yew-tree stream'. The meaning of Stepleton is probably 'village with a church steeple or tower', from Old English stiepel and tun.

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