Tosside is a small village on the border of North Yorkshire and Lancashire in northern England. It lies within the Forest of Bowland, and is between the villages of Slaidburn and Wigglesworth. It lies 11.5 miles north of Clitheroe and 17 miles northwest of Skipton. The village is 870 feet (270 m) above sea level and is on the B6478. Tosside has a population of around 100 families scattered across a widespread area, living typically in upland farms and other remote dwellings.
Historically, Tosside was in the ecclesiastical parish of Gisburn in Staincliffe Wapentake. From 1894 until 1938, Tosside was located in Settle Rural District. In 1938 it was transferred to Bowland Rural District. In 1974 the area became part of the Ribble Valley District of Lancashire.
Location and History
Tosside is situated on the Lancashire/North Yorkshire border - literally. Since 1974 the village is split with the eastern half being in North Yorkshire and the western half being in Lancashire. Historically the entire village lay within the West Riding of Yorkshire.
The name Tosside is believed to be derived from Old Norse/Anglo-Saxon. It can be traced back to two old Scandinavian words - 'Tod' meaning fox and 'Saetr' meaning a high summer pasture. The name gradually changed to Toddsett, then Tossett and ultimately to Tosside. This fact is recognised to this day with the symbol of the fox being present on the top of the small water fountain at the centre of the village.