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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Gisburn

Historical Forms

  • Scelleen 1595 PRGis
  • Skethorne (sic) 1615 ib
  • Skelhorn(e) 1616 1671 J.Webster
  • Metallographia, Skellern 1668,1728 PRGis
  • Skellaran 1681 ib


Skeleron, Scelleen 1595 PRGis, Skethorne (sic)1615 ib, Skelhorn (e )1616 ib, 1671 J. Webster, Metallographia , Skellern 1668, 1728 PRGis, Skellaran 1681 ib, a headland alongside Ings Beck (which is the county boundary). A compound of either OE  scelf (ON  skjalf) 'shelf of land' or ODan  skial 'boundary' with horn 'a projecting headland' would be appropriate.

Places in the same Parish

Other OS name

Early-attested site