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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Buxted

Historical Forms

  • Schodwelle 1288 Ass 1340 NI
  • Shodwell 1332 SR 1340 Cl
  • Shodewell 1438 Ct


Shadwell (6″) is Schodwelle 1288Ass (p), 1340 NI (p), Shodwell 1332 SR (p), 1340 Cl, Shodewell 1438Ct , 'shallow spring,' v. sceald , wielle , the o being due to the ME  form scholde found side by side with schalde , cf. Shodwell in Harting (1350 Cl).For loss of l , cf. Shadwell (Mx, Sf).