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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Bolton by Bowland

Historical Forms

  • Holmecnottes 1192–9 Sawl7
  • Holmeknottes 1198 Fount 1496 FountRent 1535 VE
  • les Knottes, the Knottes 1423 MinAcct 1587 WillY
  • (the) Knot(t)s 1588–1669 PRBlt


Knotts, Holmecnottes 1192–9Sawl 7, Holmeknottes 1198 Fount, 1496FountRent , 1535 VE, les Knottes , the Knottes 1423MinAcct , 1587 WillY, (the ) Knot (t )s 1588–1669 PRBlt (freq ). v. cnotta 'a rocky hill-top'.The hill (which is in a detached part of Tosside) is near Holme supra ; the pasturage of Holme or Holmecnottes which was given to Fountains Abbey and then transferred to Sawley is described as in Bogelanda , that is, Bowland.