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.

  1. Drakelow (Parish in Derbyshire)

  2. Wheldrake (Parish in East Riding of Yorkshire)

  3. Drakelowe (Major Settlement, Drakelow, Derbyshire)

    (æt) Dracan hlawen 942 Peniarth; Drakel' 942 Peniarth; Drakelawa, Drakelaw(e) 1175, 1176, 1177, 1178, 1179, 1180 P; 1330 QW; Drachelawe 1086 DB; 1185 BurtCh; Drakeslawe 1183, 1184, 1186…

    'Dragon's mound', v. draca , hlāw ; cf. Drakelow (PN Wo 258), Dragley (PN La 212), Drakelowe 1415DuLaMB , an unidentified place in Bonsal supra

  4. Wheldrake (Major Settlement, Wheldrake, East Riding of Yorkshire)

    Coldrid 1086 DB; Coldric 1167, 1194 P; 1200 ChR, OblR; 1204 YCh; 1207 Cur; 1230 P; 1285 Pat; Queldrich 1193 P; 1269 Ebor; Querdriche 1198 P

    The second element of Wheldrake, as suggested under Escrick supra 267–8, is an OE  word *ric , here used of a narrow strip of land or a narrow road; there is a small

  5. Drake Ley Heath (Early-attested site, Stanton upon Hine Heath, Shropshire)

    Drakelowe 1376 SBL 5433; Drakeley Heath 1588 CourtR; Drakeley Feild 1605 ib; 1833 OS; 1839 TA

    Drake Ley Heath (SJ 617244), Drakelowe 1376SBL 5433 , Drakeley Heath 1588CourtR , Drakeley Feild

  6. Drake North (Early-attested site, Damerham, Wiltshire)

    drakenhorde 940–6 BCS 817; Drakenorth al. Drakenworth 1540

    Drake North (6″) is drakenhorde 940–6 (15th) BCS 817, Drakenworthe 1518, Drakenorth Coppice 1539 Hoare, Drakenorth

  7. Drake's Broughton (Early-attested site, Pershore Holy Cross, Worcestershire)

    Broctun, Broctune 972 BCS 1282; 1086 DB; c. 1086 EveA; Broctone 1275 SR; Brakebroghton (sic) 1329 FF

    'Brook-farm,' distinguished from Broughton Hackett, also held by Pershore, by the name of the Drake family, found here in 1275

  8. Drakedale (Early-attested site, Ampleforth, North Riding of Yorkshire)

    Drakedalehevid 1376 Dugd v. 348

    The first element is OE  draca 'dragon,' found in Drakelow (Db), DBDrachelauue and Drakenedge (Wa). v. dæl , heafod

  9. Drakeholes (Early-attested site, Wiseton, Nottinghamshire)

    Drake-Holes olim forsitan Dragon-Holes 1695 RectorsBk; Drakehole 1716 Terrier

    Drakeholes is Drake -Holes olim forsitan Dragon -Holes 1695 RectorsBk, Drakehole 1716Terrier . drake (OE 

  10. Drakeland Corner (Early-attested site, Plympton St Mary, Devon)

    Drake 1374 SR

    so spelt in 1622FF , and is probably to be associated with the family of Ralph Drake (1374SR

  11. Drakelow (Early-attested site, Wolverley, Worcestershire)

    Brakelowe (sic) 1240 WoP; Drakelow, Dracloe 1582 Wills; 1649 Surv

    'Dragon-hill' or 'barrow,' v. draca , hlaw and cf. Drakelow (Db), Dracanhlawen in BCS

  12. Drakelow Hall & Drakelow Fm (Early-attested site, Rudheath Lordship, Cheshire)

    Drakelow(e) 1310–30 Chol; 1346 BPR; 1357 ChRR; Drakelew Drakeloth Drakelowes Drakelo(o) Draklow(e) Drack(e)low(e) Draclow(e) manerium de Drakelow(e) E3 Surv; le demaynes de Drakelow(e) 1391…

    'Dragon's mound', v. draca , hlāw . Cf. Db 633. The name alludes to the ancient folk-belief in the dragon which guards the burial- treasure, as in Draca

  13. Drakenage Fm (Early-attested site, Kingsbury, Warwickshire)

    Drakenes, Drakenecħ 1183 P; Drakenech 1232 Ass; 1387 IpmR; Drakenegg(e) 1251 Ch; 1287, 1388 FF; 1288 Cl; 1316 FA; Drakenhegh 1285 Ass; Drakynhegge 1326…

    Drakenage Fm is Drakenes , Drakenecħ 1183 P, Drakenech 1232Ass , 1387 IpmR, Drakenegg (e )1251 Ch, 1287, 1388FF ,

  14. Drakenorth (Early-attested site, Powerstock, Dorset)

    Drakenorth 1811 OS; Drake moore (sic) 1609 Brid; Dre(a)dnorth (sic) Hill, Dre(a)dnorth Meadow & Dre(a)dnorth Plantation 1840 TA (Wytherstone)

    Drakenorth (SY 533985), Drakenorth 1811 OS, Drake moore (sic)1609Brid , Dre (a )dnorth (sic)Hill , Dre (a

  15. Mapledrake Fm (Early-attested site, Ewhurst, Surrey)

    Mapeldresshe 1241 Ass; Mapuldrix 1368 Rental; Mapeldrex 1381 SR; Mapulderyhes t. Hy 5 Ct; Maldrix 1704 Rental

    Mapledrake Fm (6″) is Mapeldresshe 1241Ass (p), Mapuldrix 1368Rental , Mapeldrex 1381SR (p), Mapulderyhes t. Hy

  16. Salt Drake, Salt Drake Bridge (Early-attested site, Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire)

    Salt Drake, Salt Drake Bridge, the former being the name of a portion of the lane connecting the road to Lancashire over Blackstone

  17. Wheldrake Wrays, Wreggets (Early-attested site, Wheldrake, East Riding of Yorkshire)

    Wra 13th Font; 1231 FF; Wrah 13th Warter; le Wra 1287 ib.; Wragate 13th Font

    Wheldrake Wrays (6″), Wreggets (6″). The former is Wra 13th Fontfreq , 1231 FF, Wrah 13thWarter , le

  18. Broadrake Green (Other OS name, Almondbury, West Riding of Yorkshire)

  19. Drake Car (Other OS name, Mellor, Derbyshire)

    ( 6 ″ ) , 1850TA

  20. Drake Head Lane (Other OS name, Conisbrough, West Riding of Yorkshire)

    Drake Head 1764 Glebe

    , Drake Head 1764Glebe , probably ' dragon headland ' , v. draca , hēafod