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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.

Soudley, Great, Little

Major Settlement in the Parish of Cheswardine

Historical Forms

  • Suthleg', Suthlee, Suthl' 1255–6 Ass
  • Suthl' alia Suthleye 1291–2 Ass
  • Sutle 1255–6 Ass
  • Soudleye 1280 SAS3/VIII
  • Gt. Soudley or Sowton 1695 Morden
  • Sowdley 1862 PR(L)
  • Little Soutley 1304 Ipm

Etymology

'South wood or clearing' (i.e. south of Cheswardine), v. sūð , lēah .The same name, also developed to Soudley, occurs in Eaton under Heywood and in Gl (PN Gl 3219).

Places in the same Parish