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Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Radway

Historical Forms

  • Radwei, Raduueia, Rodewei 1086 DB
  • Radewey 1198 Fees 1492 ADiii
  • Radewey juxta Roteleye 1304 Ass
  • Radwey 1497 ADiii
  • Raddewaye 1538 LP
  • Vale of Red Horse (ib. 419)


'Red way,' so named from the colour of the soil. “The place being situat on the skirt, and neer the passage up Edg-hill , had its name originally, as I guesse, from the red colour of the earth, which sheweth it self at a good distance upon that road by reason of the ascending ground” (Dugdale 420). The valley below Edge Hill is called the Vale of Red Horse (ib. 419). This seems to be an ancient track which runs from Brailes below Edge Hill to Knightcote (supra 269) and thence through Bishops Itchington and Ufton to Stoneleigh.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site