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.

Bever Grange

Early-attested site in the Parish of Axminster

Historical Forms

  • Bewer, Bever 14th Newnham 1324–38 Oliver
  • Bewer 1511 Oliver


This is probably a Norman- French name identical with Belvoir (Lei), 'beautiful view,' perhaps bestowed by the nuns of Newenham Abbey. The place on a hillside with a wide prospect to the west and south.