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.

Westley Bridge

Early-attested site in the Parish of Stoneleigh

Historical Forms

  • Wolfyeuesbrygge, Wolfiesbrugge 13th LegerBk
  • Wolsee bridge 1546 Deed
  • Wolce bridge 1547 Ct
  • Worsley Bridge c.1840 TA


Westley Bridge is Wolfyeuesbrygge , Wolfiesbrugge 13thLegerBk , Wolsee bridge 1546Deed , Wolce bridge 1547Ct , Worsley Bridge c. 1840TA . This was originally 'bridge of a woman named Wulfgiefu ,' the name suffering various corruptions at a later date. In 1547 there is mention of 'land between Wolce bridge and Port bridge .' The latter must be the old name for the bridge a mile to the east, which carries the road from Stoneleigh to Gibbet Hill on the Coventry-Kenilworth road. v. port .