Woad Places

Woad in Place names

Place names in England can give indirect evidence of former woad cultivation, mainly through the older form of the word, ‘wad’.

Wadborough in Worcestershire

Waddon (Dorset and Surrey)

Wadd Ground (Warwickshire)

Waddicar (Lancashire)

Wadland Furlong (Warwickshire)

Woodhill (Wiltshire) appears as Wadhill, “the hill where woad is cultivated”, in the 1086 Domesday Book.)

Odell in Bedfordshire, originally Wodell, from Woad-hill

Glastonbury in Somerset means “place where the woad grows”

If you know any other towns or street names referring to woad, including those in other countries or in other languages, please contact us, through the web form,!

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