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Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Bedale

Historical Forms

  • Bedale 1086 DB 1281 Abbr
  • Bedhal 1256 Abbr
  • Bedehale 1504 Dugdiii.603
  • Bedel 1514 Sanct 1530 NCyWills
  • Bidell 1564 Cai


Probably 'Beda's nook of land' v. h(e)alh. The pers. name is OE  Bēda (Redin 60). The absence of early -hale forms is probably due to the influence of ME  dale with which the second element seems to have been confused, though -ale often appears for -hale in ME spellings, as in Pickhill, Strensall, Finghall, etc.