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.

Cheswardine

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Ciseworde 1086 DB
  • Chesewordin 1159-60 RBE 1428 FA
  • Chesewurda 1160etseqto1170 P
  • Chesewrthe 1166 RBE 1203-4 Ass
  • Chesewurða 1177 P
  • Cheseworthyn alias Cheselworthyn 1322 Ipm
  • Chessewrda 1162 P
  • Chessewurdin 1189 P 1230 P
  • Chessewurdi 1200 P
  • Chessewrdi 1201 P
  • Chessewrði 1202,3 P
  • Chesworthin 1210-12 RBE 1284-5,1346 FA
  • Cheswardin 1255 RH
  • Cheswordin 1291-2 Ass
  • Cheswardyn 1322 Pat 1373 Fine 1376 Cl 1408 Pat 1443 Cl
  • Cheswarthyn 1333 Cl
  • Cheswardyne 1577 Saxton
  • Cheswardine 1662 PR(L)
  • Cheshardine 1586 PR(L)
  • Cheserdyne 1609 ib
  • Chessardyne 1639 ib
  • Chessardine 1643 ib
  • Chezadine 1671 PR(L)
  • Chesserdin 1692 ib
  • Cheserdine 1716 ib

Etymology

'Cheese-producing settlement', final element worthign, perhaps alternating with worth . This appears to be the only instance of cēse being compounded with a settlement-term other than wīc .

DEPN comments that the numerous spellings with -ss - might tell against derivation from cēse . Early -ss - forms have only been noted in the Pipe Rolls, however, and in that source an erratic spelling is liable to be repeated in subsequent years.

Chezadine represents the local pronunciation.

The parish contains four townships: Cheswardine and Goldstone, Chipnall, Ellerton and Sambrook, Great Soudley.

Major Settlements