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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Pontesbury

Historical Forms

  • Saxcote 1255 RH 1327 SAS2/X
  • Sayscot 1274 RH
  • Saxecote 1308 Ipm
  • Sassecote 1490 Ipm
  • Sars(e)coate 1599 PR(H)
  • Sarsecote 1607,8 ib
  • Sarscote 1611 ib
  • Sarscott 1635 1731,83 SBL2511
  • Sascott 1615 PR(H)


'Seaxa's cottage(s)'. The development has been influenced by Welsh  Sais 'Englishman', a derivative of OE  Seaxe 'Saxons'. This does not, however, account for the form with Sars -, which was obviously the predominant local one in the 17th-18th cent. It is perhaps due to imitation of Arscott supra .

Places in the same Parish