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 Calne

Historical Forms

  • Chelfurstre 1245 WMxvi
  • Chelfhurst 1263,t.Ed3 For 1289 Ass
  • Chelfestre 1471 WMxxxiv
  • Chelfester beside Calne 1490 Ipm
  • Chylfester 1493–1500 ECP
  • Chelvester 1550 Pat


The first form is possibly corrupt. The other 13th-century spellings point to a compound of OE  cealf , 'calf,' and hyrst, 'wooded hill.' For final -ster cf. Raesters supra 151.