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.

Bishop's Clyst

Early-attested site in the Parish of Clyst St Mary

Historical Forms

  • æt clist, of Clist land 1050–73 Earle
  • Clist(a) 1086 DB 1232 FF 1242 Fees774
  • Clist Sechevill 1267 Pat
  • Clyst Episcopi 1276 Exon
  • Clyst Secthevylle 1282 FF
  • Bysshopusclist 1339 Ass


The manor was held by Ralph de Sicca Villa in 1242 (Fees 774), but in 1267 he was forced to sell it to the Bishop of Exeter to raise money for debts owing to the Jews (cf. Pat 1267).

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name

Major Settlement