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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.

Highley Hall

Early-attested site in the Parish of Dewsbury

Historical Forms

  • John Highlilegh 1614 PRHtsd
  • Helayker Hy3 Arm
  • Hednesleya Hy2,1236 Kirklxvi,319,465 1170–90 YChviii


Highley Hall, probably named from a local family of Hililigh or Hilligh (as John Highlilegh 1614 PRHtsd 3et freq ), which is doubtless of similar origin to High Lee 137infra , if not from it. There were local minor p.ns. Helayker Hy 3 Arm (v. hēah, lēah, kjarr) and Hednesleya Hy 2, 1236 Kirkl xvi, 319, 465, 1170–90 YCh viii (which is from the ON  pers.n. Heðinn as in Hensall ii, 19supra ), but these are probably not connected.