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 Sawley and Wilsthorpe

Historical Forms

  • Wiueles-, Wyueles-, Wyveles-, Wyvelis-, -torp, -thorp(e), -throp 1169 P 1176 1220 Cur 1243 Fees
  • Wyvelstorp 1335 Newstead
  • Wivillistrop 1258–64 RegLich
  • Wil(l)esthorp(e), Wyl(l)esthorp(e) 1258–64 RegLich 1301 FF 1322 HarlCh 1320,1323 Middleton
  • Wilstorp 1349 BelCh
  • Wilstrap (sic) 1767 Burdett


'Wifel's farmstead', v. þorp , from OScand  pers.n. Vífill , cf. Wilsthorpe (PN ERY 88). It is almost certain that þorp is here used in the sense 'farmstead' rather than 'village' for the place has never been of any significance.

Places in the same Parish