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Early-attested site in the Parish of Cantley

Historical Forms

  • Wilbie 1645 PRCnt
  • Wilby 1671 1771 M
  • Whilby 1817 M


Wilby, Wilbie 1645 PRCnt, Wilby 1671 ib, 1771 M, Whilby 1817 M.v. . The first el. is doubtful, but may be OE  wilig 'willow', as in Wilby Nth, etc. The place is in the old marshland.