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Survey of English Place-Names

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Linley

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Linlega c.1135,1138 SAC 1177 P c.1200 ForProc
  • Linleia c.1165 SAC 1203-4 Ass
  • Lynlee 1261-2 ForProc
  • Linley(e) 1272-3 Ipm
  • Linleye l.13th ForProc 1316 FA 1331 Pat 1348
  • Lynlegh 1301 SAC
  • Lynle 1320 Ch
  • Lynlege 1334 SR 1362 Ipm
  • Lynley 1495 Ipm
  • Lynlege 1577 Saxton
  • Linglea 1167 P
  • Ligleg' 1255 RH
  • Lindleg' 1203-4 Ass
  • Lyndleg' 1261-2 ForProc
  • Lylleye 1291-2 Ass
  • Lindele 1208-9 ForProc
  • -g-, Lingl' 1255-6 Ass

Etymology

Probably 'lime-tree wood', OE  *lind -lēah . The occurrence of 13th-cent. forms with Lind -, Lynd - tell against the etymology 'flax clearing', OE  *līn -lēah . This last name sometimes becomes modern Lindley, but in these instances the parasitic -d - makes its appearance at a much later date.

There is another Linley in the parish of More, and for this also there is an early 13th-cent. spelling with -d -: Lindele 1208-9ForProc . There is also a form with -g -, Lingl '1255-6Ass , which parallels the spellings for the parish name in 1167 P and 1255 RH.

The parish was absorbed into the enlarged unit of Barrow in 1966.