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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Bathley

Historical Forms

  • Badeleie 1086 DB
  • Badelee c.1190 Dane
  • Badeleg' 1203 FF
  • Badeleghe 1312 YearBk
  • Baelea 1165 P
  • Badlee c.1190 Dane
  • Batele 1230 Pat
  • Batheleg 1242 Fees 1332 SR
  • Battheleye 1310 Ipm
  • Baytheley t.Hy8 MinAcct
  • Bartley 1675 ParReg(Kelham)
  • Barlow 1706 1725 ib
  • Barlow or Bathley 1775 C


This is not an easy name. Ekwall (DEPN) may be right in taking it as from OE  baþa (gen. pl.) and leah, 'clearing of the bathing places or springs.' There are springs here. Near by was a Batheker , v. kiarr . No certainty is possible.

Places in the same Parish