Vindolanda

Attested:  in multiple Vindolanda tablets; Vindolande at position 132 in the Ravenna Cosmography; Vindolana in the Notitia Dignitatum

WhereChesterholm Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall at NY77056635.

Name originVindo- in early place names generally meant ‘floodplain, pastures around a meandering river’, and the -landa part was a forerunner of Old English land or of Welsh llan ‘enclosure, churchyard’.

Notes:  Old ideas of somewhere ‘white, pure, holy’ (inspired by Welsh gwynn etc) or ‘fair, pleasant’ (inspired by English winsome, Old English wynland etc) gain very little support from the fort's landscape or history.  Ancient Vindo- mostly referred to floodable land beside meandering rivers, so here it probably did not refer to the streams in gullies that surround the Roman fort on 3 out of 4 sides.  The fort sits on a raised platform, so its own enclosure or piece of land cannot directly be considered a valley flat, but on a wider scale the fort does sit in a bowl.  There are ridges to the south-east and (some way away) to the north, with much more gentle rises in other directions.

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