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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Pontesbury

Historical Forms

  • Mathelhurste 1255 RH
  • Mathelhurst c.1274 VCH
  • Mathehurst' 1327 SAS2/X
  • Matheleshurst 1378 SBL3821
  • Malehurst 1378 SBL3822
  • Maylehurste 1615 SBL6833
  • Mealhurst 1842 TA


'Speech wood', v. maðel , hyrst , presumably referring to an ancient meeting-place. The position of the hamlet near a junction of three parishes would be consistent with such a function.