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Gidea Park

Early-attested site in the Parish of Romford Rural

Historical Forms

  • (la) Gid(i)ehall' 1258 WalthamA
  • Gid(d)yhall(e), Gid(d)ehall(e) 1376 Cl 1412 FA
  • Gydihall by Ramford 1466 Ch
  • Giddye hull 1594 N
  • la Ged(i)ehall(e) 1258 WalthamA 1307 Extent
  • Gedyhall(e) 1478 IpmR
  • Geryhall 1510 ADvi
  • Godding' 1275 RH
  • Guyd(a)y(e)hall 1549 Pat 1576 Indexiii
  • Guydie hall parke, warren 1668 Terry
  • Gidea Hall 1881 O.S.
  • Gydiebernes, Gydyebernes 1248 FF
  • Gediberne 1375 Ct
  • la Gidiland 1507 ADii


The interpretation of this name is obscure. The first element looks like the common adj. giddy (OE  gydig ) but it is difficult to see how, except by way of a nickname, this could be applied to a hall. Such a use of giddy seems also to be found in Gydiebernes , Gydyebernes 1248 FF, Gediberne 1375Ct (Canewdon) and perhaps in la Gidiland 1507 AD ii (Mistley). Cf. also Giddy Hall in Little Clacton infra 336.