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 Stapleford

Historical Forms

  • Wendlesbiri 10th ChronRams 17th
  • Wyndilbyry t.Stephen LibEl 1334 ElyC
  • Wandlebiria c.1211 GervT
  • Wandlesbury 1594 Camden
  • Wandlebury 1719 Nicholsiii
  • Wendelbiri c.1225 ElyM
  • Wendelberi, Wendelberigate, portam de Wendelberi 13th ElyCh, ElyF
  • Vandlebury Camp 1808 L


'Wændel 's fort,' v. burh and cf. Wensdon Hill (PN BedsHu 114), Wellingborough (PN Nth 140), Wandsworth (PN Sr 36), Wallington (PN Herts 168) and Wansley (PN Nt 132). Gervase of Tilbury associated this name with the Vandals. The present initial v is clearly an antiquarian spelling due to knowledge of Gervase's story.

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement