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.

Red Lane

Early-attested site in the Parish of Chinnor

Historical Forms

  • Redelande 1185–6 Thame
  • Redlane 1362 AD
  • Redelonde 1415 Bodl(Barrett)
  • Reade landes 1551–2 Survey
  • Redlane close 1655 Bodl(Barrett)
  • Red Lane 1797 Davis


Red Lane (6″) is Redelande 1185–6 Thame, Redlane 1362 AD, Redelonde 1415Bodl (Barrett ), Reade landes 1551–2Survey , Redlane close 1655Bodl (Barrett ), Red Lane 1797 Davis. Probably 'red land,' with the second element altered to lane because of the presence of one.In three occurrences of the name the place is said to be in Sydenham, from which parish it is quite distant. The explanation may be that the people of Sydenham had common land up on the Chilterns where Red Lane is.