English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Checkendon

Historical Forms

  • Horsehole 1419,39(c.1444) BC
  • Horshole 1459 BC
  • Horsalls c.1840 TA


Horsalls (6″) is Horsehole 1419, 39 (c. 1444) BC, Horshole 1459 BC, Horsalls c. 1840TA . There is a Nicholas de Hursole mentioned 1278–9 RH as holding land in Checkendon, and he may be named from this place. The second element is holh , 'hollow,' and the first element is either hors , 'horse,' or the personal name Horsa . The sense of the combination is obscure.