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.

Cannon Hall

Early-attested site in the Parish of Cawthorne

Historical Forms

  • Canonhall 1449 Brett 1569 WillY
  • Cannon Hall 1658 WillS 1771 M


Cannon Hall, Canonhall 1449 Brett, 1569 WillY, Cannon Hall 1658 WillS, 1771 M, cf. also Canongreve 1344 Hnt ii, 229n. Hunter supposes that this took its name from Gilbert de Bosville who was called 'Canun' (Hnt ii, 231), but it may in fact be simply ME  canoun 'canon', in allusion to the monks of Monk Bretton, whose messuage it was; there is a late tradition that the place was anciently called Camel -Hall (1775 Watson 180).