1) A pit in which wolves might be trapped.
They feature in Latin in early charters, many without date: 1121 versus Silkstonam per luporum foveam
n.d. et inde usque Wolf pittes, Pickering forest
1278-92 unam acram prati in Wlfepit medu, Sawley Abbey. The word was still in use in the fourteenth century but had by then given rise to a minor place-name: 1341 ‘abutting Est on le Wolfepitt’, Thorpe Salvin
1348 ‘a rood on Wolpit’, Chevet.