Arkley Drive, EN5

Place Name

Arkley was first recorded in the 14thCentury as Arkleyslond. By 1436 it was spelt Arcleylond and in 1547 as Arkeley. The name’s development is uncertain but it is thought to be of Old English origin from the word earc meaning an arc or carrying receptacle, so may refer to the meadow where closed baskets, which were then called arks, were crafted using nearby wicker and reeds.


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