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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Brotherton

Historical Forms

  • villa que vocatur Pol 1154–63 RegAlbiii,9
  • Poles 1196 P 1226 FF a.1266 KF 1402 FA
  • Polis, Polys c.1212 Pont 1285 KI
  • Pole 1379 PT 1557 TestLds
  • Pole by Ferybryg 1502 Ipm
  • Poole 1564,1587,1614 FF
  • Poule als. Poile 1594 FF


v. pōl 'pool', the name referring to a number of ponds in Byram Park. It is equated with Lat  stagno 'pond' in 1204 Pont (p).