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Early-attested site in the Parish of Arthuret

Historical Forms

  • Persills Town 1678 NichVisit
  • Parcelstown 1821 G
  • Speresele 1281 Ipm
  • Speersyk 1610 Denton
  • Speer Sykes 1777 NB


This is probably to be connected with Speresele 1281 Ipm, Speersyk 1610 Denton, Speer Sykes 1777 NB. Speresele might be OE  spere-sele , 'spear hall' (v. sele ), but no certainty is possible.