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.


Volume edited by : Allen Mawer, F. M. Stenton, F. T. S. Houghton 1927

Historical Forms

  • Wireceastrescire c.1040 KCD757 12th
  • Wigercestresire 1066 KCD829 c.1250
  • Wircestrescire c.1250 KCD830
  • Wihracestrescir 11th ASC 1038
  • Wirecestrescire 1086 DB
  • Wiðreceastrescir 12th ASC 1087
  • Wigreceastrescir 12th ASC 1119
  • Wirecestresira Hy2 Ch 1312
  • Wicestressire c.1300 RG


For the origin of the name of the county, v. Worcester infra 19.