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 Workington and Workington Rural

Historical Forms

  • Gilderschoh 1258 StB
  • Gilderscow 1550 Whellan 1687
  • Gilderskew 1660 Work
  • Gilderscow Beck
  • Gilderskugh 1705 ib
  • Gylderstainflatt, Gilderstanflat 1227 StB


In both these names the first element is ON  gildri , 'snare.' In Gilderskugh the second element is skógr , in Gilderstainflatt the other elements are steinn and flat .