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 Croydon

Historical Forms

  • Norwude 1176 P
  • Northewode 1272 Ass 1359 Cl
  • boscus voc. Norwood t.Hy8 MinAcct
  • Northwode 1543 LP
  • Norwood Common 1619 Endowments


Norwood is Norwude 1176 P (p), Northewode 1272Ass , 1359 Cl, boscus voc. Norwood t. Hy 8MinAcct , Northwode 1543 LP, Norwood Common 1619 Endowments. There was formerly a large wood to the north of Croydon, not entirely cut down till the 19th century.