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 Revelstoke

Historical Forms

  • Wyresfeld 1239 Ch
  • Wursfeld 1244 Ass
  • Worsfeldhamme 1310 Ipm
  • Worsfelde 1333 SR
  • Worswell 1670 Recov


This is a difficult name. Professor Ekwall and Dr Ritter suggest the possibility of derivation from OE  Wīgheres -feld , with rounding of i to u after w . Alternatively Professor Ekwall suggests the possibility of a compound of OE  wiersta , 'worst.'

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name

Major Settlement