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.


Field in the Parish of Dowdeswell

Historical Forms

  • Meosglegeo 1838 TA 759 BCS
  • rah gelega 849 BCSWo
  • grim gelege 871–99 ibBrk


Meosglegeo(v.l. meosgeleo) 759(v. mēos'moss, bog',the second el. uncertain but Forsberg 76 notes other examples, rah gelega 849BCS 455(Wo) and grim gelege 871–99 ib 565(Brk) and suggests it is an OE *gelǣge, and Löfvenberg 116 an OE  gelegu with some such meaning as'tractof land, layer')