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Early-attested site in the Parish of Beaworthy

Historical Forms

  • Manship(p)esdich(e) 1333 SR 1339,1340 Ass
  • Manyspesdyche 1458 FF


This is a compound of OE  (ge )mǣnscipe , 'community,' and dic, hence 'ditch or dyke marking off the land of such'; it is by the parish and hundred boundary. Cf. the use of gemǣnness in Sussex (PN Sx 536, 560). The dic may be the main Holsworthy-Okehampton road, which here forms the parish boundary. The farm lies by this road.