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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Loweswater

Historical Forms

  • Solrescales c.1203 StBA n.d.
  • Saurestatts 1209 FF
  • Saurescoles 1230 Scotland
  • Sourescal 1278 Ass
  • Sourscales 1301 Pat
  • Sorescale 1507 Cocker
  • Soskell 1609 CWxxxi
  • Sosgill 1782 PR(Lamplugh)


'Muddy shieling,' or 'shielings,' v. saurr , skáli . The first l in the first form is presumably an inverted spelling for u . The second element was obscured through lack of stress and confused with gil .