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.

Petsalls Copses

Early-attested site in the Parish of Petworth

Historical Forms

  • Pittesfald c.1280 Perc
  • Pettesfold 1296 SR


Petsalls Copses (6″) is Pittesfald c. 1280 Perc, Pettesfold 1296 SR (p). Perhaps 'fold of or in the pit or hollow.' v. pytt , falod .Petsall in its turn has been given a genitival form.