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Survey of English Place-Names

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Burl Fm & Burl Moor

Early-attested site in the Parish of Evershot

Historical Forms

  • ten' voc' Burles 1619 CH
  • Burly Farm 1774 Hutch1
  • Burley 1795 Boswell
  • Burle 1811 OS
  • Burl Farm 1838 TA 1863 Hutch3


Burl Fm (ST 589039) & Burl Moor, Burle farme 1583, Burle ferme 1598Ilch , ten ' voc ' Burles 1619CH , Burly Farm 1774 Hutch1, Burley 1795 Boswell, Burle 1811 OS, Burl Farm 1838TA , 1863 Hutch3, cf. Byrlelake 15Winch (in bounds of Bulrygge in Cattistock par. infra , referring to the stream rising here and flowing S into R. Frome), Further Burl Ridge & Nether Burl Ridge , Further Bankes Burl , Middle Bankes Burl & Nether Bankes Burl 1838TA . Possibly 'wood or clearing by or belonging to a fortified place', v. burh (gen.sg. byr (i )g ), lēah , cf. Bulbury 233–4, but earlier spellings are needed. The reference might well be to Horchester in Frome St Q. par. infra just ⅓ mile E from here.