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.

Eaton under Heywood

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Eton 1227 Ch 1747 PR(H)
  • Eton' Prioris 1291-2 Ass
  • Etton 1255-6 Ass
  • Etton alias Eton alias Eyton 1551 Pat
  • Eaton 1631 PR(H)
  • Eatton 1737 PR(H)
  • Eaton-under-Haywood 1737 PR(L)


This Eaton is beside a large stream now called Lakehouse Brook, Eaton Brook, and Byne Brook in different stretches, which must have seemed big enough to be termed ēa in Old English.The parish is a large one, with several stream-crossings in its area.

Prioris because it was a manor of Wenlock Priory. The affix under -Heywood refers to a royal forest mentioned in 1250 Fees as foresta de Stratton ' et Heywode . This name means 'wood with enclosures'.

There are four townships, Eaton, Hatton, Millichope and Ticklerton.All references to VCH are to Vol. X.

Major Settlements

Other places in this Parish

Other OS name