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 Framfield

Historical Forms

  • Pounteslegh 1437 Ct
  • Ponteslyewood 1438 Ct
  • Ponteslegh 1452 Ct
  • Pounsley Furnace 1586 SRS14,141


Pounsley is Pounteslegh 1437Ct , Ponteslyewood 1438Ct , Ponteslegh 1452Ct , Pounsley Furnace 1586 SRS 14, 141, v. leah .The first element must be the pers. name Punt found c. 1106 at Andover (Dugd vii. 992), also in puntes stan (BCS 934) in Wilts, now Powtenstone in Groveley, and in the diminutive form in Punteles treowe (BCS 787). Cf. also Poyntington (So), DB Ponditone , t. Hy 1 Ch Puntintuna .