English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Holme upon Spalding Moor

Historical Forms

  • Birsay, Byrsay, Byrsey(e) 1259 Ass 1290 Ch 1416 YI
  • Bursai, Bursey 1303 KF 1316 NomVill 1567 FF


Bursea [bɔsi] is Birsay , Byrsay , Byrsey (e )1259 Ass, 1290 Chet passim to 1416 YI, Bursai , Bursey 1303 KF, 1316 NomVill, 1567 FF.Probably 'pool near the shed,' from byre and OE  'sea, pool' (cf. Kilnsea supra 15). Bursea is in the marshy land near the river Foulness.