A seemingly ancient track-way traverses an extended area of high ground at Iverley in south
Staffordshire. Running in a roughly east-west direction, the track may have afforded access between
Wychbury hill, the location of an Iron Age hill fort, and Ismere. The latter was probably the moot
(meeting) site of the people of the Husmerę province, an ancient tribal group which almost certainly
pre-dates the Anglo-Saxon settlement of the region. Evidence that the track also served as a link
between two major north-south roads (probably Iron Age salt-ways) is discussed.
The track begins and ends upon gently-sloping promontories in Wolverley and Pedmore parishes,
both of which were in Worcestershire until 1974. The promontories were each named
separate tenth-century charters; and it is noteworthy that this otherwise unique place-name occurs
twice, just over two miles apart on the same ancient track-way.
The name's wind- qualifier may be related the verb 'to wind' rather than to blustery weather. The Old
English place-name element -ofer is considered to mean a promontory or ridge having a characteristic
shape, but it is argued here that windofer refers to the entire elevated landmass, including the two
promontories, over which the Iverley track passes.
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