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.


Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Wavre 1086 DB
  • Waure 1255-6 Ass 1284-5 FA
  • Wafre 1255 RH
  • Wauere 1255-6 Ass
  • Wavere 1323 AD
  • Wourre 1291-2 Ass
  • Woure 1294-9 Ass 1334 SR
  • Wouere 1292-5 Ass 1316 FA
  • Wovere 1323 AD 1431 Fine
  • Wore 1429 Cl
  • Owre 1550 Pat 1577 Saxton
  • Oare 1672 HTR
  • Woer 1655 SAS1/XLVII 1744 PR(L)
  • Woor alias Wooer 1701 SBL4244
  • Woore 1703 PR(L)
  • Wooer 1706 PR(L)
  • Woor otherwise Wore 1758 SBL4748


Woore derives from an OE  place-name element wæfre , which occurs as a river-name in the form Waver in Cumberland. Another name in which the word is unqualified is Over Wa (Wavre , Wavra , Gavra DB), and here it is assumed to be an earlier name of the R. Swift. As a first element in compound names wæfre occurs in Waverley Sr, Wavertree La and in four instances with –tūn , these being Warton Wa, Wharton He, and Waverton and Wharton, Ch. It is agreed that the term means 'something wavering'. This is easily comprehensible as applied to rivers, trees and woods, but less easy in the compound with tūn , and very puzzling in Woore.

Woore stands on a ridge which forms part of the watershed dividing streams which flow to the Irish Sea from those which flow to the south. The name is certainly not that of a river, and the district is not exceptionally marshy. Nearby names (such as Gravenhunger, Syllenhurst, Bulkeley) indicate the presence of wood, and the name possibly refers to the appearance of trees on the ridge.

Woore became a civil parish in 1841, having previously been part of Mucklestone. The rest of Mucklestone was transferred to St in 1866.There are TAMaps for the townships of Bearstone, Dorrington, Gravenhunger and Woore. These are filed under Mucklestone at SRO.

Major Settlements