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French's Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Wimborne St Giles

Historical Forms

  • Frensshes 1394 Midd 1412 FA
  • (la) Frenssh(e), le Frenche 1394 Midd
  • Freinsshes 1422 Cl, Pat
  • Frenches 1774 Hutch1


French's Fm (SU 027125), Frensshes 1394Midd , 1412 FA, (la ) Frenssh (e ), le Frenche 1394Midd , Freinsshes 1422 Cl, Pat, Frenches 1774 Hutch1, cf. Frenches (Lt ) Mead 1838TA , a manorial name, cf. France Fm in Stourpaine par. supra ; Richard le Franc ' held a hide of land in Upwinborne in 1212 Fees (p. 92), cf. also acra Ricardi le fraunceis , Ricardus franciscus , Willelmus franciscus n.d. (1372) ChrP , Robert Franceys 1301 Hutch3, William le Fraunceys , William le Frenche 1310 FF (held land in 'Upwymburne All Saints '), Nicholas le Frensche 1327SR , Nicholas le Freynssh '1332 SR (taxed in Monkton Up Wimborne, v. infra ), Thomas Frenshe 1435Midd (held land in Baggeridge in the adjacent par. of Woodlands).