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.

Crackley and Crackley Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Stoneleigh


Crackley and Crackley Wood. Cf. Crattele 13th, 14thLegerBk , Creteley 14th ib., Crattheley 1318AD , Cratteleyhulle 1356Stowe , Crackeley heathe 1581LRMB . This may be a compound of OE  cræt , 'cart, waggon,' etc., and leah in the old sense of woodland, the name referring to a wood which provided timber for carts.Cf. Mounterley (PN Nth 160), Fellow Green (PN Sr 115) and Ekwall, Studies 95 ff. There is the possibility, however, that the first element is identical with the pers. name Cretta , which may be a dialectal variant of Crætta . For the name v. Redin 90.