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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Kilnwick

Historical Forms

  • Baseuuic, Basewic 1086 DB
  • Besewic, Besewik(e), Besewyk(e) t.Ric1 Cur 13th YD 1219,1231 Ass 1233 FF 1406 YI
  • Bessewyk(e) 1254 Abbr 1285 KI 1287 YI 1332 SR
  • Beswyk(e) 1371 BM 1562 YD


'Besi 's dairy-farm,' v. wic and cf. Bessingby supra 100.Beesby (L), Besebi , Basebi DB, would appear to contain the same pers. name.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name

Major Settlement