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.

Staffhurst Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Limpsfield

Historical Forms

  • Stafherstwode 1312 AOMB
  • Staffyrsteswode 1418 Harl
  • Staffirsteswode 1430 SACvi
  • Staffordswood 1757 Egerton


Staffhurst Wood is Stefhurst 1235, 1263, Staffhurst 1279, Stafhurst 1312Ass (all p), Stafherstwode 1312AOMB , Staffyrsteswode 1418Harl , Staffirsteswode 1430 SAC vi, Staffordswood 1757Egerton . This name is a compound of OE  stæf, 'rod, staff' and hyrst , perhaps referring to a wood which supplied material for such. Cf. Velhurst supra 224.