Early Sainsbury History

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 This long-established name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname deriving from the place called Saintbury near Broadway in Gloucestershire. Saintbury is a small hamlet that is named after King Sweyne from Denmark, one of the early conquerors of the coastal areas of England, when the Vikings used to rob, pillage and plunder the English coasts. King Sweyne lived in the area in a fort. Later the town was called Sweyne’s Fort, which finally became Swenesbury (for borough) and ended up as Saintbury, which it is called today. It is a beautiful little hamlet in the rolling hills of the Cotswold. At the time of Doomsday, (the first census of England in 1160) this area was given to and owned by a Lord Sir Richard Saintbury. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Reginald de Seinesberia, which was dated 1190, in the “Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire”, during the reign of King Richard I, known as “Richard the Lionheart”, 1189-1199.

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