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Survey of English Place-Names

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Easthope

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • East hope 901 S
  • Stope 1086 DB
  • Estope 1166 RBE
  • Estoppes 1602 PR(H)
  • Estop 1659,84-5 ib
  • Esthop' 1208-9 ForProc 1535 VE
  • Hesthope 1292 SAC
  • Eastop 1577 Saxton
  • Yestope 1780 PR(L)

Etymology

'East' refers to the position of the settlement in relation to a series of places whose names end in hop. It is difficult to give a one-word translation of hop in these. The settlements lie between the parallel ridges of Wenlock Edge and the Aymestrey Limestone escarpment. Part of the valley between the ridges is called Hope Dale. The settlement-names are Easthope, Wilderhope, Millichope, Middlehope, Westhope and Dinchope. They lie in funnel-shaped hollows the openings of which run through the Aymestrey Limestone to the R, Corve, except for the southernmost one, occupied by Dinchope, which faces W. through Wenlock Edge.Presthope, at the N. end of the series, is not in a valley now, but overlooks the broad end of an identical feature. Easthope and Westhope are not the most easterly or the most westerly of the settlements. These are Presthope (assuming it once lay in the valley which it overlooks) and Dinchope.

Easthope occupies the most spacious of the funnel-ends in the series, and it is the only one of the settlements to have become a parish, albeit a very small one. Millichope, Middlehope and Westhope, though not parishes, are in DB. Probably all the settlements are ancient ones, but the secluded an constricted sites prevented them from becoming administrative centres.