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.

Bisley

Major Settlement in the Parish of Bisley

Historical Forms

  • to Bislege 986 BCS574 16th
  • Biseleg(e), Byseleg(e), Byselei(a), Bysel(e)', Byselegh(e), Byseley(e) 1086 DB 1130 P 1175 BM 1220 Fees 1221 Eyre 1236 Fees 1424 IpmR
  • Bissele(g), Byssele(g), Bysseley(a) 1204 P 1209 Fees 1295 Episc 1378 Works 1598 Comm
  • Bissley 1535 VE
  • Bisle(y), Bysle(y), Byslegh 1211–13 Fees 1221 Ass 1243 HMCv,336 1280 Episc 1360 Ipm 1377–99 Works 1600 FF
  • Bisileye 1351 BM
  • Biesley 1621 FF
  • Beseley 1555 FF
  • Beeseleyghe 1590 ib
  • Beesley 1618 ib

Etymology

'Bisa's glade or clearing', v. lēah . The OE  pers.n. Bisi , or preferably an unrecorded weak form Bisa corresponding to OG  Biso , is also found in neighbouring names, Bismore (infra ), Bussage, Bisendune and Biscombe (127, 139, 147infra ), and the same man may have given his name to all five places.

Places in the same Parish

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