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.

Selsey Bill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Selsey


This is first marked in 1740 (O) and there is no evidence that it is old. The Bill is not particularly 'beak-like' in shape and perhaps the headland is so called in imitation of Portland Bill, where the term is much more applicable. Unfortunately no early forms for that name either have been found.

Places in the same Parish