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 Osmotherley

Historical Forms

  • Scrathowe, Scrathou 1388 YD
  • Scrattey 1610 NR


'The devil's mound' v. haugr . Scrat is a common Y name for the devil (EDD). It is derived from ON  skratti , 'wizard, goblin'; cf. the p.n. Skrattasker in the Heimskringla.

Places in the same Parish