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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Beetham

Historical Forms

  • Hesleslac(k) 1254 Ipm 1256 Ass
  • Heslesclake 1546 Rent846
  • Heselslak 1360 Pat
  • Hesla(c)k 1472 Kendii,229 1646 Bthm
  • Helsla(c)k(e) 1478 Cl 1523 SheriffAcct9 1524 MinAcct 1650 Ct
  • Helsla(c)k(e) Tower 1777 NB


'Hazel hollow', v. hesli , slakki , and ME  toure 'tower', as in Arnside Tower (i, 65supra ); the peel-tower, built in the 14th century but in ruins by the 17th, is described in RCHM 40–1.

Places in the same Parish

Other OS name

Early-attested site