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.

Wilderhope

Early-attested site in the Parish of Rushbury

Historical Forms

  • Weldredehop' 1221–2 Ass
  • Wildridehope 1297–6 Ass
  • Wildredehop' 1271–2 ForProc
  • Wildredhope 1291–2 Ass 1344 Cl
  • Wildredehope 1318 Ipm
  • Wilderdehop' 1221–2 Ass
  • Wylderdehop 1302 Ch
  • Wilderdehop 1318 Ch
  • Wylderdehop' 1381 SBL5192
  • Wilderthope (p), Wildirthope 1271–2 Ass
  • Wilderthope c.1321 SBL168
  • Wildertop 1792 SRO809parcel14
  • Wildrithehope, Wildreythehope 1301 SAC
  • Woldrephope 1389 Cl
  • Wildrephop 1394 Cl
  • Wilderchope 1400 SAS1/XLVII

Etymology

'Wilþrȳð's remote valley', v. hop . This feminine pers. n. occurs also in Wilderley, for which v. Part 1. Wilderhope is one of the series of small settlements with -hope names which lie in hollows between the parallel ridges of Wenlock Edge and the Aymestrey Limestone escarpment v. Part 1114.