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.

Hamley, Hamley Beck

Early-attested site in the Parish of Middleton

Historical Forms

  • Hamclife 1201 ChR
  • Hamcliuebek 1335 ForP


Possibly 'scarred cliff' v. hamel , clif , bekkr . For the change from clif to -ley cf. Crunkly 133infra , Cronkley, Aycliffe (PN NbDu s.n.), Hockliffe (PN BedsHu 126).