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.

Pimperleaze Rd

Early-attested site in the Parish of Mere

Historical Forms

  • Pimperlega 1193 P
  • Pymperlegh 1321 Ass 1332 SR
  • Pymperleys 1502 Ipm
  • Pymperleighes lane, Pymperleygh hedge 1568 WMxxix
  • Pinperlege 1196 Cur 1198 Abbr 1208 Cur
  • Pynperleye 1284 WIpm


There can be little doubt that we have here, in the first part of the name, a repetition of the name Pimperne found in Dorset as the name of a village (PN Do 56–7) and probably going back to an old river-name (cf. Ekwall RN 326, DEPN s. n .). There is a small stream here.