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 Westward

Historical Forms

  • Rosseley(e) 1272 For
  • magna, parua 1285 1317 HolmC
  • Rosseleyland 1544 MinAcct
  • Rosley 1578 Cocker


This is probably OE  hors-(a)h, 'horse (a)h,' the OE  hors being replaced by the equivalent ON  hross .