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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Rushbury

Historical Forms

  • Estwalle 1255 RH 1271–2 Ass
  • Estwall 1255–6 Ass
  • Estwell 1255–6 Ass
  • Esvalle c.1275 SBL6963
  • Astwalle 1291–2 Ass 1416 AD 1421 Cl
  • Astwall 1551 Pat 1467 SBL 1601–2 SBL
  • Astewall 1606 SBL
  • Eastwall c.1716 SRO4472/6/2/46


There can be no doubt that this name and that of Wall under Heywood (from which this place is 'east') derive from wælle, the WMidl form of well . Surprisingly, no springs are marked at either place on maps, and VCH X (p. 53) expresses slight doubt about the etymology, perhaps because there is no record of them.

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement