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.

Hughley

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Leg' 1203-4 Ass
  • (La) Legh' 1231 Cur
  • Leye 1331 Pat 1348
  • Huleye, Hewelege c.1291 TN
  • Hughleye 1334 SR
  • Hulegh 1493 Ipm
  • Hugh(e)lye 1552 Pat
  • Heowlye 1557 AD
  • Hygley 1548 Pat
  • Hewlee 1577 Saxton
  • Hughlie 1608 PR(H)
  • Huley 1664-5 PR(H)
  • Hugley 1672 HTR
  • Hugh Lee, Hugh Leigh 1730,33 PR(H)
  • Hewlee 1743 PR(H)

Etymology

'Clearing' seems the most appropriate translation for lēah in this instance. The eponymous Hugh occurs in the earliest reference noted (1203-4Ass ), which is to Hug ' de Leg '.