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.

Colhook Common

Early-attested site in the Parish of North Chapel

Historical Forms

  • Colhok 1281 Ipm
  • Kolhok 1288 Ass
  • Colehoke 1314 Ipm
  • Colnehok 1296 SR


Possibly 'Cola's hoc or hook of land,' but if Richard de Colnehok (1296 SR) took his name from this, place the etymology is more difficult. One may compare Coleherne in Kensington (Mx), Colneherne 1430, Colhyrne 1433 (Ct ). Neither place is near a stream of any size, so that it is difficult to associate them with the common river-name Colne .

Places in the same Parish