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 Cottingham

Historical Forms

  • Pileford 1086 DB
  • Pilford 1349,1353 Ipm


Pillwoods is Pileford 1086 DB, Pilford 1349, 1353 Ipm. 'Ford marked by a stake,' from OE  pīl 'stake, etc.,' ford. On OE  pīl in place-names v. Pilemoor, PN D 420.