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Early-attested site in the Parish of Bulmer

Historical Forms

  • Bineslea(m) 1086 DB
  • Binesle, Binesleie, Binesley 1204 Abbr 1206 Cur 1229 Cl 1240 FF 13th StJohn
  • Bynesle 1280 EASxviii
  • Bunsleia 14th Stoke


Probably 'Byni 's clearing' (v. leah ), though in Essex we should have expected some Ben -forms. On the site v. EAS xviii, 139.