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.

Mounterley Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Brigstock

Historical Forms

  • Maunterley 1480 Ct t.Hy8 LRMB
  • Montreley 1651 NthNQii
  • Monterley Sale 1805 EnclA


Mounterley Wood is Maunterley 1480Ct , t. Hy 8LRMB , Montreley 1651 NthNQ ii, Monterley Sale 1805EnclA . This is a difficult name, but it may be suggested that it is a compound of ME  manteltre and leah (ME  ley ), manteltre being a common term for the big wooden beam which forms the lintel of an old open fireplace. Hence, 'wood where mantel-trees are known to have been cut, or where the thickness of the branching timbers suggests mantel-trees .'