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 Belper

Historical Forms

  • Bradelei 1086 DB
  • Bradley 1409,1577 DuLa 1665 ParRegDuffield
  • New Bradley Road 1791 EnclA
  • Bradley Brook c.1800 FW


Bradley (lost), Bradelei 1086 DB, Bradley 1409, 1577DuLa , 1665 ParReg Duffield. 'Broad clearing', v. brād , lēah . The name remained as New Bradley Road 1791EnclA , now Wyver Lane and Bradley Brook c. 1800 FW, now probably Coppice Brook. The name was thus used in the late 19th century on both sides of the R. Derwent and it seems possible that Bradley was the earlier name of the manor and that it was subsequently replaced by Belper. Cf. Lawn Cottage infra .