English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Outerness Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Conington

Historical Forms

  • Uttyrness 1483 Ct
  • Le Uttyrness 1498 Ct
  • Utternesse Estate Map c.1600,1772 RentBook


'Outer-ness' v. næss , ME  utter being the earlier comparative form of out , now replaced by outer . The reference is to a clay promontory jutting out into the Fens. It is probably the 'outer' ness in contrast to La Nesse mentioned in 1279 (RH), which Mr Heathcote identifies with the site of Bruce's Castle.

Places in the same Parish