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.

How Hall

Early-attested site in the Parish of Ennerdale and Kinniside

Historical Forms

  • Carswelhowe in Ennerdale 1523 LP
  • Caswaldhowe 1576 S 1672 Blome
  • Castlehowe 1578 Cocker
  • Caswellhow 1623 CantWvi
  • Castle-How 1794 H 1816 Lysons
  • Castle-How, Caswell-How or How Hall 1842 AllerA


Apparently, in origin, OE  cærsew(i)elle, 'cress spring,' to which ON  haugr has been added. Cf. Carswell (Berks).