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 Westward

Historical Forms

  • magna Redethwey, parua Redthueyt 1285 For
  • magna Redethwayt 1292 Ass
  • Redethwaitis 1317 HolmC
  • Rethwaites 1305 For
  • Rethtwhayt 1399 Pat
  • Rethwate 1578 Cocker
  • Reathwait, Reethwaite or Reedthwaite 1777 NB


'Reedy clearing,' from OE  hrēod, and þveit.