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Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Well

Historical Forms

  • Welle 1086 DB


'The spring' v. w(i)ella. The name refers to certain springs in the township now known as The Springs, St Michael's Well and Whitwell. Cf. also Welskough 1536 YChant, 'the wood near Well' from skogr .

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement