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.

Short Shank

Other OS name in the Parish of Bewcastle


( 6 ″ ) . Cf. By the Shank 1618NaworthA , and also the Slymy Shank 1604 Mack ( where Redesdale and Coquetdale meet ) . Probably ' shank ' ( OE  sceanca ) used in the sense of a narrow hill or strip of ground .