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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Fernhurst

Historical Forms

  • Verdelay 1318,1360 FF
  • Verdeley 1542 SRS19,121 1611 Recov
  • Verdley 1637 SRS19,17


This would seem to be a compound of OE f (i )erd , 'host, army' and leah. If so the place must have taken its name from some long forgotten hosting. For initial v , v. Introd. xxviii.

Places in the same Parish