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 Broomfield

Historical Forms

  • Prioures 16th Rental
  • Pryours Woode, Pryours lande, Pryours lane t.Hy8 Survey
  • Pryer 1274 RH
  • atte Priours 1327 SR


Priors is Prioures 16thRental , Pryours Woode , Pryours lande , Pryours lane t. Hy 8Survey . This may be named from the family of Robert Pryer (1274 RH), but William atte Priours (1327SR ) probably owed his surname to the fact that he lived at the place called Priours , part of the possessions of the Prior of Blackmore (M ii, 77).

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement