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 Selmeston

Historical Forms

  • Louethelee 1287 CplM
  • Leuithele, Leuythele 1337,1349,1354 FM
  • Leuedele 1457 FM
  • Lewdelay t.Hy8 DuLa
  • Ludley 1539 SRS19,282
  • Lidley 1652 SAC24,222
  • Little Lay Farm 1795 GY


'Lēofgȳð 's leah,' this being a fem. pers. name in OE.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name

Major Settlement