English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Warter

Historical Forms

  • grangia de Blaunchemarl(e), Blaunchemarl(e) 1150–60 Melsa 1293 QW
  • grangiam de Blanchemarl(e), Blanchemarl(e) 1153 YCh 1172etfreqto1303 Meaux 1205 ChR
  • Blanch(e) 1156,13th Meaux
  • Blanch(e) alias Blanche Marle 1614 FF
  • Blaunch c.1200 Meaux


This was a grange of Meaux Abbey and under French  influence this name replaced the older Arras (supra 169). The name means 'white marl,' from OFr  blanch and marle . Cf. Blaunchemarle quod Latine Albemarlia dicitur 1150–60 Melsa i, 101. There are many old chalk-pits in the fields about the grange.