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 Ilfracombe

Historical Forms

  • Sildesfen 1167 P
  • Schildisfene 1329 DA
  • Shilfen 1712 DA


'Scyld 's marsh land.' For the pers. name Scyld cf. Shelsley Beauchamp (PN Wo 76).