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Survey of English Place-Names

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Steplewood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Church Pulverbatch

Historical Forms

  • Stepelwud' 1261-2 ForProc
  • Stepelwod (and Werkwod) 1342 Cl
  • Stepulwode 1385 Pat
  • Stepple Woodd 1601 SBL6848B

Etymology

STEPLEWOOD (lost), Stepelwud '1261-2ForProc , Stepelwod (and Werkwod )1342 Cl, Stepulwode 1385 Pat, Stepple Woodd 1601SBL 6848B . Probably a shortened form of 'Stapleton wood'. Stapleton (infra ) adjoins Pulverbatch to the east, and had a disputed boundary with it till 1610 (VCH VIII129). The wood extended N. into Wrentnall township, where Werkwod lay.