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 Sandford

Historical Forms

  • pideres leage 930 Crawf
  • Pydereslegh, Pydeneslegh 1281 Ass
  • Pyderslegh 1292 Ass
  • Piddeslegh 1483 IpmR


v. leah . The first element cannot be a river-name as the place is on the top of a hill. It may conceivably be the British element Pider noted under Petherwin supra 158. For such a genitival compound with a Celtic name, we may compare Andredesleah , the old name for the Weald, v. leah .