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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Penistone

Historical Forms

  • Ospring, Osprinc 1086 DB
  • Ospring 1305 YI 1316 Vill
  • Oxspring, Oxspryng 1154–9 YCh 1310 Brett 1328 Banco 1371 Brett 1371 FF 1374 ADvi 1402 FA 1588 FF
  • Oxpring, Oxpryng(e) 13 YDix 1348 ADi 1365 YDi 1378 PT 1434 ADiii
  • Oxprig' 1259 Ass


There can be little doubt in view of the persistence of Ox - spellings that Oxspring is of different origin from Ospringe K (with which it has been associated), and simply means 'ox spring', v. oxa , spring .The three spellings with Os - are due to AN influence, cf. IPN 114 (12).

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name