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.

Spittles Lane The Spittles

Other OS name in the Parish of Lyme Regis

Historical Forms

  • Spitals (or Kill Devil) 1842 TA


, named from , Spitals (or Kill Devil )1842TA , an area of eroded undercliff below Timber Hill infra and ' Spring' (6″) , possibly land once belonging to the lost Hospital of St Mary and the Holy Spirit supra , from ME  spitel ' hospital ' ; alternatively perhaps a derogatory name from eModE  spittle ' saliva ' , applied figuratively to damp and slimy ground , a notion reinforced by its alternative nickname Kill Devil .