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.

Church of St Mary in Arden

Other OS name in the Parish of Market Harborough

Historical Forms

  • St Maries Church 1703 Terrier
  • capella sive ecclesia 1220 RHug
  • the church yard off our Lady in Ardrone 1526 MktHPR
  • St Mary's Churchyard 1776 Map


, 1846, 1863, 1877 White , 1925 Kelly , St Maries Church 1703Terrier ; it is earliest described as capella sive ecclesia 1220RHug (i.e. 'chapel or church'). Note the church yard off our Lady in Ardrone 1526MktHPR , St Mary 's Churchyard 1776 Map , v. churchyerd . Arden is the name of a district of high ground to the west in Warwickshire . Whether the Forest of Arden was deemed in the early 16th cent. to stretch as far east as Market Harborough is uncertain , but Weston in Arden is located only 22 miles to its west . Arden is from Brit *ardu - ' high, steep ' , plus the name - forming suffix - enno - , hence ' thehigh district ' , v. Wa 11 .