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 Hartlebury

Historical Forms

  • Wæresleage 817 BCS361 17th
  • Wereslæge 980 KCD627 11th
  • Wæreslege c.1150 Surv
  • Waresleia, Waresle(ga) c.1150 Surv 1200 Cur 1208 Fees37 1221 FF 1275 SR
  • Warslei 1269 ADiv


'Wǣr 's clearing,' v. leah . Wǣr is a shortened form of one of the numerous OE  names in Wǣr - and is found also in Warwick (Wa) and Waresley (Hu).