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.

Pott Hall

Early-attested site in the Parish of Mashamshire

Historical Forms

  • Pott(e) 12 VCH 1314 Fount 1535 VE
  • Pot 1301 LS


Pot is used in Cu and We of 'a deep hole or cavity, especially in the bed of a river, a pool; a moss hole from which peats have been dug' (EDD). In the YNR it is used of 'a rift in the limestone' (as here and in Crackpot 271infra ). The word is probably of Scand origin; cf. Swed  dial. putt , pott 'water hole, abyss' and Potto and Sandpot 176, 205supra .