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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Wyrardisbury

Historical Forms

  • Ankerwic 1194 BM 1232 Cl 1237 Gross
  • Ancherwich 1200 Cur
  • Ankerwik 1242 Ch
  • Ankirwyk 1243 Gross
  • Auncrewyk 1251 Ipm
  • Ankerwyk 1257 Ch 1304 Pat 1535 VE
  • Anker(es)wyk 1367 Cl
  • Ankyrwyk 1491 Ipm


Ankerwyke is the site of a house of Benedictine nuns and the name may record it, the first element being OE  ancor , 'anchorite.' For the use of this term in ME cf. the well-known Ancren Riwle . v. wic , 'anchoress-dwelling.'

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement