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.

Stirchley

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Styrcleage 1002-4 Burton
  • Stirclege 1177 P
  • Stirclegh' 1208-9 ForProc
  • Stirclegh, Styrclegth 1271-2 Ass
  • Strichelega 1167 P
  • Strichleg' 1280 Ipm
  • Stricheley 1369 Pat Hy6 SBL6173
  • Strycheley 1535 VE
  • Strichley 1535 SBL7180
  • Styrch 1199 Ch 1265
  • Stirch 1217 Ch 1285
  • Stirchleia c.1200 ForProc
  • Styrchle 1271-2 Ass
  • Styrchleye 1284-5 FA
  • Stirchele 1203-4 Ass 1559-60 Corn.R.O.
  • Styrchel' 1261-2 ForProc
  • Styrcheley 1559-60 Corn.R.O.
  • Stirkele 1203-4 Ass
  • Stirrkeleye, Stirkleye, Stirkeslegh' 1271-2 Ass
  • Stireslee 1206 Cur
  • Stirchesleg' 1207 P 1379 Pat
  • Styrchesleye 1334 SR
  • Stirlegh' 1209 For
  • Sturchesl' 1261-2 ForProc
  • Stirichleg' (p), Styrichleg' 1261-2 ForProc
  • Stirchull' 1261-2 ForProc
  • Stercheslegh' 1291-2 Ass
  • Sterchesle 1378 Pat
  • Stertusley 1378 Pat
  • Strechley 1577 Saxton
  • Stretchley 1695 Morden
  • Sterchly 1655 SAS1/XLVII
  • Sturchly 1719 PRShifnal
  • Sturchley 1719 PR(L)
  • Stritchly 1730 PR(L)
  • Storchley 1808 PR(H)

Etymology

'Stirk clearing'. The OE word which means 'young bullock or heifer' has the forms stīrc, stīorc , stȳric , stȳrc , and the spellings for Stirchley suggest that there were variants of the place-name deriving from these different forms. Cf. the discussion of Romsley.The -ch - which prevailed is appropriate to stīrc and stȳric , but there is some evidence for Stirk -, which is appropriate to stīorc . There is also a persistent metathesised form. lēah may have its late meaning 'pasture'.

Although treated as a parish here, Stirchley ceased to have that status in 1966, when it was absorbed into the urban district of Dawley. All VCH references are to Vol. XI.