English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Bewcastle

Historical Forms

  • Baylli 1275 Ipm
  • Baly in Nicholeforest 1339 GDR
  • Bally t.Hy8 DuLa
  • the Balie t.Eliz NB
  • the Bale 1583 Border
  • ye Bailie 1590 Map
  • Baily quarter 1777 NB


Bailey here is the name of a district rather than of a particular spot, and the word baillie , bailly (v. NED) is probably used here in the sense 'district under the jurisdiction of a bailiff or bailie.' The district in question was presumably one of the divisions of Nicholforest.