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.

Sheerhatch Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Willington

Historical Forms

  • Shirhacche 1369 Orig
  • Shirehache 1407 IpmR
  • Shire Hatch Wood 1826 B


The 'hatch' (v. hæcc ) was probably a gate into the wood. The first element is presumably the OE  pers. name Scīra , though it is just possible that it may be the adj. scir used to describe a brightly-coloured gate. The modem form is clearly corrupt.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement