English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Sigglesthorne

Historical Forms

  • Catefos 1086 DB 1260 Rental 1324 Ch
  • Catefoss(e) 12th Nunkeel 1281 Ebor 1285 KI 1295 Pat
  • Catefossa 1156,1173 YCh186,197
  • Catafossa 1145–53 LeonardN
  • Catfosse, Katfosse 12th Nunkeel 1296 YI 1602 FF
  • Katfose c.1265 KF
  • Cattefosse 1347 Test


Catfoss and Catwick (infra 73), which are a mile and a half apart, probably contain the same first element, and if this is a pers. name, as seems likely from the variation between Catte - and Catting - in the spellings of Catwick, they are probably named from the same man, Catta (cf. Catton infra 186). 'Catta 's ditch,' from foss (v. Foss Beck supra 3).

Places in the same Parish