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.

St John's in the Vale

Major Settlement in the Parish of St John's, Castlerigg and Wythburn

Historical Forms

  • chappell of Seynte John 1554 CWiv
  • Snt. Johnes 1567 PR(Crosth)
  • St John's and Castlerigg 1703 NicVisit
  • valley of St John's 1769 Gray
  • vale 1784 West


The church is dedicated to St John the Baptist. The 'Vale' is the valley through which St John's Beck runs.