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Kings Pyon / Pion (King's)

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"PION (KING'S), a parish in the hundred of STRETFORD, county of HEREFORD, 3 miles (E. S. E.) from Weobley, containing 876 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, with that of Birley, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Hereford, rated iu the king's books at £5. 11. 8., endowed with £200 royal bounty, and in the patronage of S. Peploe, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. A court leet is occasionally held here. A charity school is supported by subscription." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]



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  • "A Dictionary of English Place Names" by A.D. Mills (Oxford) gives:-

    "Pyon, Canon & Kings, Heref. & Worcs.
    Pionie 1086 DB (=Domesday Book)   Pyone canonicorum 1221.  King's Pyon 1285.
    'Island infested with gnats or other insects.'   OE (Old English) pie (genitive plural peona) + ëg"
    The Distinguishing affix 'Canon' derives from early possession by the Canons of Hereford.

    In other sources, ëg is translated as 'land between streams', rather than 'island' - c.f. "Place Names of Derbyshire" and derivation of Eyam, from the dative plural ëgum.