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.

Gospel Thorn

Other OS name in the Parish of Pontefract

Historical Forms

  • majori spina 1235 Pont


( lost ) , majori spina 1235 Pont v. þorn ; the successor of this old thorn tree existed in 1892 at the point where the bounds of Pontefract , Knottingley and Ferrybridge met ; called Gospel Thorn in the eighteenth century ( Pont i , 199 n ) , because the Gospel was read there when the parish bounds were beaten .