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.

High Wd

Early-attested site in the Parish of Cranborne

Historical Forms

  • High Wd 1811 OS
  • Haywod' c.1250 PNW
  • Haiwod(e), Haywod(e) 1285–1318 Cecil 1324,1325 MinAcct
  • Casies Haywood, Godderds Haywood, Vowles Haywood e17 CecilMap
  • Fowles Hey(e)wood(d), Goddardes Hey(e)wood(d) 1623 CH


High Wd (lost, SU 069155), High Wd 1811 OS, Haywod 'c.1250 PN W, Haiwod (e ), Haywod (e )1285–1318Cecil , 1324, 1325MinAcct , Casies Haywood , Godderds Haywood , Vowles Haywood e17CecilMap , Fowles Hey (e )wood (d ), Goddardes Hey (e )wood (d )1623CH , cf. Haiwodebrech (e ), Haywodebrech (e )1285, 1318Cecil , 1324, 1325MinAcct , Haywood Hams , Haywood Rediche e17CecilMap . 'Enclosed wood', from (ge)hæg and wudu , with brǣc , hamm ; it is on the county bdy and gives name to Highwood Copse and High Haywood Copse (both 6″) in Damerham Ha (PN W 400). For the surnames of the 17th- cent. tenants, cf. Goddard's Barn and the f.ns. Casies and Vowles infra ; Rediche is obscure, but may be a poor spelling.