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 Stoke Prior

Historical Forms

  • Vinstal-stude 1295 Wigorn
  • le Vynestallstede 1368 Nash 18th


The first is an entry in connexion with the lease of a salt-pit.The term vinstal or finstal is explained by an entry in the Charter Rolls (1328) in which Peter de Stodleye grants to the canons of Witton in Droitwich two salinæ , i.e. brine-pits, and a finstallus , i.e. a place for heaping firewood, from OE  fīn , 'heap of wood,' and steall .