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 Offchurch

Historical Forms

  • Offechirch 1139 RegAlb 1252 FF 1291 Tax
  • Offechericħ 1195 P
  • Offekirke 1196 ib
  • Offechireche 1209 FF
  • Offechurche 1221 Pap
  • Offecherche 1225 Bracton 1257 Ch
  • Affechirche 1221 Ass
  • Ofchirche 1262 Ass 1386 ADv
  • Ofechirch 1267 Ch
  • Ofchurchebury 1558 AddCh


'Offa 's church.' “This hath been a town of no small note in the Saxons time, if we may believe Tradition; for in one part of the Lordship is a place called the Berye , which signifies no less than burgus or curia ; and accordingly 'tis said that Offa, K. of Mercia had here a Palace; as also, the Church first, and so consequently the Village, had this name” (Dugdale 290). The 'Berye ' is Offchurch Bury, earlier Ofchurchebury 1558AddCh .

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site