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Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Horley

Historical Forms

  • Hornelie 1086 DB 1344 Cl
  • Hornlege 1222 FF 1428 FA
  • Hornilegh' 1239 RegAntiquiss 14th
  • Hemele, Horuele, Houele 1285 Ass


Probably as suggested by Ekwall (DEPN) 'clearing in a tongue of land,' with first element *horna (v. DEPN under horn ) and second (a)h. Horley is between two streams.

Places in the same Parish