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

  • Porqeneschal c.1160 Fountains
  • Portewinscales c.1265 ib
  • Portewynscales 1285 For
  • Porwinescall 1278 Ass
  • Portanskale 1399 IpmR
  • Portenscales 1543 MinAcct
  • Portinskaille 1568 PR(Crosth)


This is a compound of OE  portcwene , 'townwoman, harlot,' and skáli, 'shieling.'