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Survey of English Place-Names

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Sheltwood Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Tardebigge

Historical Forms

  • Sylkwode 1256 FF
  • Siltwode c.1260 ADii
  • Schiltewode, Shyltewode 1275 Ass 1276 RH 1388 IpmR 1468 StratGild
  • Schildwode 1275 Ass
  • Schiltwode, Shiltwode 1279 RH 1314 Ipm 1374 Pat
  • Saltwod 1291 Tax


From the point of view of form the first element might well be explained as OE  scielet , a word assumed in the NED (s. v. shillet ) to explain dialectal shillet , shilt , 'sort of rock, clay-slate.'The application of the name to the site is not obvious.