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 Broadwood Kelly


This is clearly the dialect word splot (t ), splat , defined by the NED as 'plot of land' and by the EDD as 'a plot or little piece of ground,' used in this sense in Co, D, and So. It may be noted that the word occurs in Devon as early as the year 963 when we find on clænan splott in the land boundaries of Clyst St George, v. infra 585 n.