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Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Gisburn

Historical Forms

  • Torsyd(e) 1581 WillY 1598 PRBlt
  • Tosset(t) 1585 WillY 1662 PRClp
  • Tossid(e), Tossyd(e) 1591 1591 PRBlt 1615 FF 1641 Rates
  • Tossit 1631 PRBlt


The township was a tract of moorland pasture, formerly in Sawley township but in this parish. The first el. is probably the ON  pers.n. Þórir , the second sīde 'hill-side' or possibly sǽtr 'hill-pasture'.

Places in the same Parish

Other OS name

Early-attested site