English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Wembury

Historical Forms

  • Spirewell 1238 Ass
  • Spirewylle 1381 Exon
  • Spurewille 1333 SR


The first element is probably the word spire (OE  spīr ), for which the NED gives a meaning 'reeds, sedges,' found in SW dialects.

Places in the same Parish