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.

Henley in Arden

Early-attested site in the Parish of Wootton Wawen

Historical Forms

  • Henle c.1180 Wollaton
  • Henlea c.1185 France
  • Henleye in Arderne 1343 Pat 1541 AD
  • Henleye in Arthern 1472 ADv
  • Hendley 1446 KnowleG
  • Hendley Bewdesert al. Henneley in Ardern 1547 Monast
  • Henley in Arden al. Henley Beaudesert 1554 Pat
  • Henley upon Northen 1629 PCC
  • Hanley 1275 RH


'At the high clearing,'v. heah , leah . For Arden v. supra 11.“But in truth it ought to have been written Heanley , as the ordinary sort of people doe still pronounce it; for that was its original name, and occasioned from the ascending ground, whereunto it is so neerly situate, hean in our old English signifying high ” (Dugdale 597).