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Early-attested site in the Parish of Himbleton

Historical Forms

  • Scylfweg 956 BCS937 11th
  • Scelves 1086 DB
  • Shelue, Scelue, Schelve, Shelve 1221 Ass 1256 Ipm 1269 FF 1275,1327 SR
  • juxta Hambury 1325 FF 1346,1428 FA
  • juxta Temple Brocton 1355 FF 1394 Pat 1535 VE 1582 Wills
  • Shell 1596 Wills
  • Shelves, Shell-bridge 1549 Surv


The scylfweg of the first reference simply means 'the road which runs to Scylf or Shell' and is apparently the road from the north of Phepson to Shell. The exact sense of scylf here, as always, is difficult to determine. The place lies down by a stream.