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.

Shacklewell, Shacklewell Lodge, Shacklewell Spinney

Early-attested site in the Parish of Empingham

Historical Forms

  • Shacklewell 1698 Anc 1826 G
  • Shaklewell l17 Anc
  • Shacklewell Spinney 1893 ib


SHACKLEWELL, SHACKLEWELL LODGE, SHACKLEWELL SPINNEY, Shacklewell 1698Anc , 1826 G, Shaklewell l17Anc , Shacklewell Spinney 1893ib , possibly 'the spring or stream where animals are shackled', v. sceacol , wella .However, sceacol in this compound may be a much older form of the dial. word shackle 'quaking grass' from the OE  verb sceacan 'to shake' (i.e. referring to something loose, just as a shackle allows 'loose movement') and may allude to quake-fen at the spring or along the stream. Shacklewell rises at a spring on the south-eastern boundary of the parish and then, forming the line of the boundary itself, runs into R. Gwash, v. Sr 199–200s. n. Shackleford, cf. Shacklewell Mx 107.