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Survey of English Place-Names

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Beacon Hill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Marsh Chapel

Historical Forms

  • le Fyre bombe 1416 LMR
  • le firebeacon 1556 Anc
  • Firebeaconhill 1595 FMap
  • Fier beacon hill by Warholme waie 1595 FSurv
  • Fire Beacon hill 1653 Foster


BEACON HILL, le Fyre bombe 1416 LMR, le firebeacon 1556Anc , Firebeaconhill 1595FMap , Fier beacon hill by Warholme waie 1595FSurv , Fire Beacon hill 1653Foster , from ME  fir-bome , for which v. MED s.v. fir n. 7 (b). There, a reference Beekne or fyrebome , dated 1440 is given. The present form predates this and perhaps we ought to consider a ME  spelling fir-bombe . The history of bomb itself is uncertain and is not recorded in NED before 1588. In the present name, bombe has been replaced by beacon (OE  (ge)bēacon ) and the meaning is the same. Cf. Fire Beacon on the boundary of Marsh Chapel and Fulstow, supra .Firebeacon has been noted in Devon, v. PN D 78 and 545, to which Mr John Field adds Higher Firebeacon, Lower Firebeacon in Beaford.Beacon Hill is recorded from the West Riding of Yorkshire, v. PN YW 1127, 359, 90, 4205.