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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Kirkburton

Historical Forms

  • S(c)hagh(e)lay, S(c)hagh(e)ley 1308–1331 WCR
  • Shaweley 1323 MinAcct
  • le Chaglayhons 1407 WCRi
  • Shaley 1613,1614 FF 1647 YDr


Shaley, S (c )hagh (e )lay , S (c )hagh (e )ley 1308–1331 WCR (freq ), Shaweley 1323MinAcct 45, le Chaglayhons 1407WCR i, Shaley 1613, 1614 FF, 1647 YDr. 'Clearing by the copse', v. sceaga , lēah . The modern form comes from the common later variant shay .

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name