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Survey of English Place-Names

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Wolsty and Wolsty Castle

Early-attested site in the Parish of Holme Low

Historical Forms

  • Wolmsty 1348 Pat
  • Wolsty Castell t.Hy8 AOMB
  • Wollstye 1548 CWi
  • Wolsty 1649 ParlSurv
  • Ulsty 1552 March
  • Wristie castell 1563–6 Liddesdale
  • Wulsty 1576 S
  • Woolstey Castle 1636 LRMB


Probably 'wolf-frequented path,' v. wulf , stīg , but the forms are too late for certainty. Licence to crenellate the manor was granted in 1348 (Pat) to the abbot of Holm Cultram.