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 St John's, Castlerigg and Wythburn

Historical Forms

  • Legberthwait 1303 Ipm
  • Legburgthwayte 1530 FF
  • Legbortwhat, Legbourtwhat 1563 PR(Crosth)
  • Legberthwayte 1573 FF
  • Leigburtwhaite 1602 PR(Crosth)
  • Lekburnthuayte 1487 Ipm
  • Leybarthwaite 1552 FF


This is probably 'þveitat Leggr 's be(o)rg,' a personal name found also in Legsby (L). The absence of the genitival inflexion in northern England is not unusual. The disappearance by 1303 of the middle of three consonants is quite explicable.