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.

Lair Hill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Lund

Historical Forms

  • Layrehil 12th Warter
  • Laerhil, Lairehil 1190–1210 YCh1103–4


Lair Hill is Layrehil 12thWarter , Laerhil , Lairehil 1190–1210 YCh 1103–4. OScand  leirr usually means 'clay,' and it is probable that this is the first element of Lair Hill (and Lairs infra 172), for we have here patches of boulder-clay in the hollows of the wolds in several places.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement