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Sossmoss Hall & Sossmoss Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Alderley

Historical Forms

  • Sostemosse 1389 Orm2
  • Soss Moss 1619 Earw
  • Soss Moss Hall 1819 Orm2
  • Soss Moss Wood 1831 Bry


Sossmoss Hall & Sossmoss Wood (101–828759), Sostemosse 1389 Orm2, Soss Moss 1619 Earw, Soss Moss Hall 1819 Orm2, Soss Moss Wood 1831 Bry, v. mos 'a swamp'. The fourteenth-century form is too late to be reliable, but the first el. may be connected with dial. soss (EDD) 'wet, sloppy mess, soaking'. Cf. Soss 253infra . The same el. may appear in Sussgreaves 234infra . This place has been identified with the profundam mossam of the bounds of Chelford and Snelson, but cf. 77supra .

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name