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.

Castle Rock

Other OS name in the Parish of St John's, Castlerigg and Wythburn

Historical Forms

  • Castle-rocks 1784 West


( 6 ″ ) is Castle-rocks 1784 West . This is probably so named from its appearance , and is the fairy castle of Scott 's Bridal of Triermain . Mr W . G . Collingwood (CW xvi) assets that the name is not due merely to the appearance of the rock . He describes the ruin of a small building actually on the rock which may have been a ' borg ' or castle before Norman times , and have been the reason why the word ' castle ' eventually came to be an element in the name of the place .