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 Above Derwent

Historical Forms

  • (ate) fal 1260 Rental
  • la Falle 1278 MinAcct
  • Falpark 1369 Ipm
  • Fawe parke 1578 Cocker
  • Foe-park 1784 West


The position of Fawepark between Swinside and Derwent Water suggests that the name contains fall in the sense 'slope' or 'declivity' (v. NED s. v. fall sb., 8). Professor Ekwall suggests, however, fall , 'forest clearing', an element well-evidenced in Lancashire (PN La 10).