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Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Askerton

Historical Forms

  • duas Askertonas t.Rici Laner c.1195 ib
  • Askerton c.1225 ib
  • magna 1256 ib
  • parva 1589 ExchKR
  • Askyrton' 1291 Ass
  • Askreton 1295 Cl
  • Ascreton 1332 SR 1340 GDR
  • High, Lowe Askerton 1603 Gilsland


Probably, as suggested by Sedgefield (9), 'Ásgeirr 's tūn.' Björkman notes the forms Ascarus (NP 13) and Askerus (ZEN 15) for this Scandinavian name found in English documents.