English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Pease Leaze, Peaze Leaze

Early-attested site in the Parish of Sturminster Newton

Historical Forms

  • Peaze Leaze 1839 TA
  • la Southhurne de Pusleighesclos m14 Glast
  • la Southerne de Pisleysclos 1338–40 Glast
  • Pusleplace 1398 Cecil
  • Puselecroft 1409 Hutch3
  • Puseleyescrofte 1411 Cl


Pease Leaze, Peaze Leaze (lost, about ST 753138), Peaze Leaze 1839TA , la Southhurne de Pusleighesclos m14Glast , la Southerne de Pisleysclos 1338–40 Glast, Pusleplace 1398Cecil , Puselecroft 1409 Hutch3, Puseleyescrofte 1411 Cl, 'the close, place and croft belonging to the (de ) Pusele (gh ) family', v. clos(e), place , croft , cf. John de Puselegh 'e14GlastE , .John de Pusele 1308 (15) ForReg , 1327SR , Laurence Pusele 1332 SR, John Pusele 1355 Ipm; Southhurne , Southherne is 'south corner', v. sūð , hyrne . The surname Pusele (gh ) is from a p.n. (not necessarily local or even in this county) meaning 'clearing used for growing pease', v. pisu , peosu , lēah , such as Peasley Gl 2 16. It is clear that the modern form Pease Leaze is the result of popular etymology and rationalization of the possessive form Pusleighes -, cf. the interesting tradition reported by Hutch3 4 342 that in this field Charles I 'was sumptuously regaled with green-pease for dinner, and that hence the field has ever since been called Pease-lease '.