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.

Prestley Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Great and Little Stukeley

Historical Forms

  • Prestesleye 1284 Cl
  • Prestelei boscus 1286 For
  • Prestelee, Presteley 1368 FF 1483 ADv


OE  prēosta -lēage (dat.), 'priests' clearing,' but why so called it is impossible now to say. This is the natural development in contrast to Priestley supra 74, which shows the influence of the independent word.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement