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 Doveridge

Historical Forms

  • Seg(g)essale 1086 DB 1298 Ipm Ed1 DbAiv 14th AD
  • Seg(g)esall 1346,1428 FA
  • Seg(g)esale 1189–1230 DbAiv 1327 Banco 1330 Ass 1340 AddCh 1431 FA
  • Seg(g)eshale 1248 FF 1275 RH 1298 Ipm c.1300 DbAiv 1381 WollCh 14th AD
  • Sedsale 1386 Derby 1490 DbAxx
  • Seddesale 1392 Pat
  • Sedsall 1415 Woll Hy8 Lanc


It is difficult to decide whether forms with -ss - are significant.If so then this must be 'Secg's willow', v. salh (dat.sg. sale ) with confusion of the second element with halh in forms in -hale . Otherwise it is 'Secg's nook or corner of land', v. halh . Topographically the latter is perhaps more likely.