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 King's Norton

Historical Forms

  • Wyhtehalle 1283 Wigorn
  • Witho Chapel 1577 Saxton
  • Withall, Withall Heath 1650 Surv 1672 D
  • Withorn Chapel 1763 Bowen


In addition to the above forms we should perhaps include the unidentified Warthuil , a DB berewick of Bromsgrove. As Wythall was a chapelry of Bromsgrove (cf. Round in VCH i. 285), and as the geographical distribution of the definitely identifiable berewicks of Bromsgrove suggests that it is not so far from Lindsworth on the one side and Wythwood and Houndsfield on the other, it may well be that the two places are identical. If so, it is very difficult to suggest an etymology at all. The forms, apart from DB, are scanty, late and not entirely consistent with one another, and it may be that DB, apparently so corrupt, is nearer the true form, whatever that may have been. It should be added that the topography makes it unlikely that the DB suffix -huil is for -hull .