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.

Osgold Cross

Early-attested site in the Parish of Pontefract


Osgold Cross (lost), 'a messuage over against Osgodcross alias Pontefract Market Cross adioyning the Chapell of St Gyles' 1652ParlSurv (E. 317, Yorks 47). This is undoubtedly the cross from which Osgoldcross Wapentake was named (v. 1supra ); it was near Market Place 77supra . The name means 'Osgot's cross', v. cros . The pers.n. Osgot , which also appears in the local street-name Osgatelayn 78supra , is an anglicised form of ON  Ásgautr (as in Osgodby YN 104, Horse Godly iii, 58infra , cf. Feilitzen 164–6).