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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Arksey

Historical Forms

  • Schaftholm(e) 13 Nost146d 1379 PT
  • Shaftholm(e) 1474 Pat 1525 WillY 1822 Langd


Shaftholme, Schaftholm (e )13Nost 146d, 1379 PT (p), Shaftholm (e )1474 Pat, 1525 WillYet passim to 1822 Langd. 'Water-meadow marked by a pole' or 'one where poles were obtained', v. sceaft , holmr , and cf. Shafton 272infra . It is, of course, also possible that the first el. is an OE  pers.n. Sceaft (a ), discussed s.n. Scaftworth Nt 38, or an anglicised form of ON  Skapti . But the first suggestion is the more likely in view of the absence of medial -e -; poles were frequently used as markers in marshland.