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 Gloucester

Historical Forms

  • Burc(e)ley 1324 MinAcct
  • Birtley(e), Byrtley(e) 1539 AOMB 1542 GlR 1584 Comm


Birtley (lost), Burc (e )ley 1324MinAcct , Birtley (e ), Byrtley (e )1539AOMB , 1542 GlR, 1584Comm . Like Birtley (Du, Nb), 'the bright clearing', v. beorht , lēah .