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.

Lord's Seat

Early-attested site in the Parish of Lorton

Historical Forms

  • Lauerdesate 1247 FF
  • the Lordseatt 16th CWxiv
  • Lord's Seat 1821 G


The first form shows that this name, which clearly means 'lord's pasturage' (v. sætr ), is at least of early medieval origin. The first element is OE  hlāford , 'lord.'