English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Alveston

Historical Forms

  • æt langalege 955–9 BCS936 12th
  • Langele juxta Alweston 1362 Ipm
  • Langley 1551 ADv.


Langley (lost), æt langalege 955–9 (12th) BCS 936, Langele juxta Alweston 1362 Ipm, Langley 1551 AD v. 'The long clearing', v. lang , lēah . This unlocated place gave its name to Langley Hundred (74supra ). It cannot have been far from Wolfridge (121infra ) and Green Hill (supra ) which follow it in the bounds of BCS 936, nor from the Roman road, Ridgeway (foll.). It might have been just over the boundary in Olveston parish; there is a tumulus at grid 155–625883, which is approximately the position suggested by the bounds of BCS 936.