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Survey of English Place-Names

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Salts Ho

Early-attested site in the Parish of Sutton on Hull

Historical Forms

  • pastura(m) de Saltes 1180–97 Melsa
  • (les) Saltz 1235–49,1280–6 ib
  • le Saltes 13th YD c.1280 StoweCh
  • in salinis de Suttona 1280–6 Melsa


Salts Ho is pastura (m ) de Saltes 1180–97 Melsa, (les ) Saltz 1235–49, 1280–6 ib., le Saltes 13th YD, c. 1280StoweCh . The name is translated in salinis de Suttona (1280–6 Melsa), from MedLat  salinum 'salt-pit.' Here we have an early use of salt to denote a salt-pit. The earliest example in NED is dated 1621.