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Major Settlement in the Parish of Peasemore

Historical Forms

  • Praxemere 1086 DB
  • Pesemere 1166 RBE 13th
  • Peselmera 1169 P
  • Peselmere 1187 ib
  • Pasemere 1229–30 FF
  • Pesmere 1385 Fine
  • Pusemere 1301 Ipm 1316 FA 1328,1374 Ipm
  • Peysmer 1535 VE


The second el. is mere 'pond', the first pise , peosu 'pea', cf. Pusey Pt 2. Ekwall (DEPN) suggests that the reference in this instance is to some wild plant resembling the pea. O.S. maps show a very small pond by the church.