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.

Derry Hill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Calne


Derry Hill. Cf. Derrie Gate 1653Survey , Derry Hill 1695 BorRec. Note also The Derry in Ashton Keynes (supra 40), The Derry (1653) in Chippenham, Deryestreate (1568) in Marlborough. The word would seem to be a variant of the usual dairy . The form is found in Fuller in the 17th century (cf. NED). Derry Brook in Ashton Keynes (supra 6) is not by The Derry. It lies south of it on the other side of Swill Brook.