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.

Minsterley

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Menistrelie 1086 DB
  • Musterleg 1203-4 Ass
  • Munstreleg 1246 Ch
  • Munsterleg' 1255 RH 1396 Fine
  • Munstrele 1291-2 Ass
  • Munsturley 1301 Ipm
  • Munstreleye 1313 Pat
  • Monesterlye 1271-2 Ass
  • Monsterleye 1306-7 Ass 1322 Ipm
  • Menstreleye 1294 Pat
  • Minstreley 1333 Cl
  • Mynsterley 1403 Cl 1577 Saxton 1613 PR(H)
  • Minsterly 1628 PR(H)
  • Minsterley 1667 SBL9945

Etymology

'Wood or clearing belonging to a minster church'.Minsterley was in the ancient parish of Westbury, for which DB records two priests. Mention of more than one priest is considered to be evidence for a minster church.

Places in this Parish

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