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.

Dickley Hall

Early-attested site in the Parish of Mistley

Historical Forms

  • Dicheleiam 1086 DB
  • Dikeleg(a) 1202 Colch 1203,1247 FF
  • Dikelehe 1236 Fees
  • Dikeleye 1283 Ch
  • Dikeleghe 1360 Ipm
  • Dikeleghe iuxta Manytre t.Hy6 Harl
  • Diggeley 1235 Ass
  • Dickele, Dykkel' 1248 Ass
  • Dekeleye 1377 Ct


The persistence of the medial e points to an original inflexional syllable. A pers. name Dīca seems to be found in Dissington (PN NbDu 64) and Ditchingham (Nf) and a derivative Dicel to be the source of Ditchling (PN Sx 301) and Dickleburgh (Nf).Alternatively the name might perhaps be interpreted as from OE  dica-leah , 'clearing of (or between) the streams.' There are tiny streams on two sides of the hall. v. dic , leah .

Places in the same Parish