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.

High and Low Sellafield and Sella Park

Early-attested site in the Parish of St Bridget Beckermet

Historical Forms

  • Sellofeld 1576 S
  • Sellowfield or Sea-low-field 1610 Denton
  • Sellowfield 1658 CWxiv
  • Sellowparke 1594 Work
  • Sellaparke t.Jas1 ib
  • Silla park 1777 NB
  • Sellagh 1278 Ass


The Sella or Sellow which occurs in all these names appears as Sellagh in 1278Ass (p). Its meaning can hardly be gathered from this late material.