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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.

Potter Somersal

Early-attested site in the Parish of Sudbury

Historical Forms

  • alia Summersale 1086 DB
  • Nethersomersale 1318 Trusley 1330 Ass
  • inferiori Somersale 1325 DbAiv
  • Potter Somersall 1415 Woll 1472 WollCh 1581 Lanc
  • Potter Somersale 1423 DbAiv


Potter Somersal, alia Summersale 1086 DB, Nethersomersale 1318Trusley , 1330Ass , inferiori Somersale 1325 DbA iv, Potter Somersall 1415Woll , 1472WollCh , 1581 Lanc, Potter Somersale 1423 DbA iv. Earlier 'lower Somersal', v. neoðera and cf. Somersal Herbert supra 604. The origin of the later Potter is unknown, though it is clearly from late OE  pottere 'maker of pots'. It is most likely of course to be a surname but none has been noted with connections here nor is there any local knowledge of a pottery. Cf. with this Brickkiln Rough in next para.