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Survey of English Place-Names

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Horseley Hills Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Wolverley

Historical Forms

  • Horsle(ge), Horsley c.1160 WoC c.1240 P 1189 WoP 1240 Ass 1255 SR 1275 Ipm 1308
  • Horselegh, Horseley 1223,1321 Pat c.1830 O


'Horses' clearing,' v. hors , leah . It is clear that this lay just by the horsabroc , 'horses' brook' of the bounds of Wolverley and Cookley (BCS 513, 1134). There was also a Horsestana close at hand (WoC 5b). Cf. Horsebrook supra 12.