Wordwell was recorded in Domesday as "Wridewella".
A Deserted Mediaeval Village has been postulated through the discovery of artefacts in an area at the south of the parish.
The 1844 White's Directory lists Charles Petch as a blacksmith and beer seller (Chequers?
The 1855 White's Directory lists Mary Petch as a blacksmith and beer house keeper (Chequers?
Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.