Little Wenlock

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Coordinates: 52°39′29″N 2°31′26″W / 52.658°N 2.524°W / 52.658; -2.524

The Old Quarry Plantation and Little Wenlock, seen from the Wrekin

Little Wenlock is a village and civil parish in Shropshire, England. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book, when it belonged to Wenlock Priory. Ancient habitation is attested by the discovery of two caches of Bronze Age weapons.[1]

The village is situated two miles west of Dawley, a market town now part of Telford.

Nearby is the Wrekin, one of Shropshire's iconic hills with an ancient hill fort. Part of it falls within Little Wenlock parish, while the adjoining parts fall into other parishes.

The name "Wenlock" as found in Much Wenlock and Little Wenlock (and also Great Wenlock, a now obsolete name, but found in some historic sources[2]) is probably derived from the Old English *Wenan loca meaning "Wena's Stronghold" (wéna being feminine and meaning "hope")[3] The town was recorded in the Domesday Book as Wenloch.[3] The "Little" of the name distinguishes it from the larger settlement and market town of Much Wenlock, which is situated several miles to the south, on the other side of the River Severn.


  1. ^ Local history from British History Online
  2. ^ Worcester, Joseph Emerson (1823). A geographical dictionary or universal gazetteer, ancient and modern 2 (2 ed.). Cummings & Hilliard. p. 876. 
  3. ^ a b Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary, Henry Harrison, Genealogical Publishing Com, 1996, 0806301716, 9780806301716. Page.270

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