1) These are local variations of ‘quarrel’, in the sense of quarry or stone-pit, and they occur from the fourteenth century.

1379 Thomas de Wharell, Sherburn in Elmet

1422 free entre and issue to ... the wherelle of Sedbury, and to the qwerelle of Rysedale berkes, Catterick

1500 North Hall wharellys, Leeds. The diarist Abraham Shackleton of Keighley wrote in 1794 9 October that he helped to delve at the wharls - a spelling almost identical with one in Westmorland in the EDD where a reference to a quarry was qualified with the words ‘or wharle as we call it’.

spellings wharl wherelle
dates 1379 1422 1500 1794

Related Content Loading...

Photo by Kreuzschnabel CC BY-SA 3.0