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.

Loft Marishes

Early-attested site in the Parish of Allerston

Historical Forms

  • Loctemares, Loctemersc 1086 DB
  • Loftmarays 1241 RegAlbii.13
  • Loftmarreys 1335 ForP
  • Loftemarrays 1301 LS


'Marsh near the loft' v. lopt , mersc . The DB Locte - probably indicates that the bilabial quality of ON p (= f ) was preserved to a certain extent in the Anglo-Scand dialect of Y.