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.

Hinchley Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Thames Ditton

Historical Forms

  • Hengesteshill 1241 Ass
  • Henxhulle 1332 SR
  • Hynkeshill 1539 Harl
  • Hinslet Wood 1823 Br
  • Upper Hinks Hill, Hinks Hill Wood 1843 TA
  • Hinchley 1861–8 O.S.


Hinchley Wood is Hengesteshill 1241Ass (p), Henxhulle 1332 SR (p), Henxhyll 1476, Henkessell 1478WAM , Hynkeshill 1539Harl , Hinslet Wood 1823 Br, Upper Hinks Hill , Hinks Hill Wood 1843TA , Hinchley 1861–8 O.S. 'Stallion's hill' (v. hengest ).Cf. Hinxhill (K), Henxhelle (1327 Ipm). The present-day spelling is corrupt.