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.

Mile End

Early-attested site in the Parish of Ely St Mary and Ely Trinity


Mile End. Cf. Mildenhall river or the dead mile 1604Atkyns , Dead miles end 1661BLAcct , Mile End 1829 Wells. Dead Mile (still the watermen's name for the Lark supra 7 from Prickwillow Bridge to Mile End Corner), probably because particularly sluggish. Cf. Dedemile 1244 Rams (Whittlesey), Dedhee s. n. Starnea supra 16, Reach Lode supra 136 and le Myle 1371ElyF , draine called the Mile 1529 BedL (Sutton).