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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Pontesbury

Historical Forms

  • Fernelege 1086 DB
  • Fereleye 1291-2 Ass
  • Farleye 1291-2 Ass
  • Farley 1581,2,Ch2 SBL6786,6808,9945
  • Fareley 1563 PR(H) 1694 SBL9955
  • Fairley 1697 SBL3556


'Fern clearing', v. fearn , lēah , identical with various examples of Farley, Farleigh, Farnley in other counties, and with Fairlight in Sx. There is another Farley, of identical origin, in Much Wenlock.

Places in the same Parish