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Survey of English Place-Names

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Chisbon Heath

Early-attested site in the Parish of St Osyth

Historical Forms

  • Ches(t)ben(e)heth 1539 EAS(OS)v t.Hy8,1540,1545 MinAcct
  • Chesburne heth, Chesmon heth t.Hy8 ib
  • Chestbeameheth(e) 1551 Pat
  • Chisman Heath 1777 C


Chisbon Heath is Ches (t )ben (e )heth 1539 EAS (OS) v, t. Hy 8, 1540, 1545MinAcct , Chesburne heth , Chesmon heth t. Hy 8 ib., Chestbeameheth (e )1551 Pat, Chisman Heath 1777 C. Possibly from OE  cystbēam , 'chestnut-tree,' and hæþ , 'heath.' Cf. Chest Wood supra 318 and PN Sx 216. Like Chest Wood it is on the parish-boundary, adjacent to a one time detached piece of Weeley and it is possible that here also we have ME  cheste , 'strife.'