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Husbands Bosworth

Major Settlement in the Parish of Husbands Bosworth

Historical Forms

  • Baresworde 1086 DB l.12 GarCart
  • Baresworda a.1108 Dugd 1317
  • Baresword' 1205 Pap 1214×21 Selby
  • Bareswurd(a) 1190(p),1191 P 1204 Cur
  • Bareswerde 1086 DB
  • Basvrde 1086 DB
  • Barrehorde (sic) 1086 DB
  • Barewrth 1202 FF
  • Barewurth' 1220,1228 Cur
  • Barwrth 1230 MemR
  • Bareworth(e) 1283 IpmR Edw2 Dugd
  • Bareswrth(e) 1156 Ch 1318 LN 1166 Cur 1200 RH 1276
  • Bareswrð 1210 P
  • Baresworth(e) 1166 RBE 1151×73 Selby 1282 Cl 1290 Banco
  • Bareswurþe l.12 Dane
  • Bareswurðe 1208(p),1209 P
  • Bareswurth' 1230 Cur 1243 RGros 1243 Cur
  • Barsword l.Hy3 BM
  • Barsworth 1238 RGros Edw2 Dugd
  • Barswurth 1238 RGros
  • Boresworth(e) 1189 Selby 1243 Cur 1293 Ipm 1301 Ch 1582 LEpis 1585 LibCl 1629 LML 1656 Fine
  • Husbond Boresworth(e) 1548 Pat
  • Husbands Boresworth(e) 1553 1587 LeicW 1720 LML
  • Husband Boresworth(e) 1601 LibCl
  • Boresworðe 1202 ChancR
  • Boreswrð(e) 1203(p),1204 P
  • Boreswurth' 1225,1228 Cur 1305 GildR
  • Borsewrthe 1306 Peake
  • Borseworth 1514 Ipm
  • Borsworth 1331 Peake 1332 SR 1378 AD 1619,1625 LML
  • Husbands Borsworth 1619 ib
  • Boresworth alias Bosworth 1544 Fine
  • Bosseworth alias Boresworthe 1551 Pat
  • Boresworth alias Husbands Boseworth 1555,1574 Fine
  • Bosworth 1404 Pat 1514 Ipm 1576 Saxton 1577 LEpis
  • Husband(s) Bosworth 1605 LML 1610 Speed

Etymology

'Bar's enclosure', v. worð . The masc. pers.n. Bār is OE, prob. originally a by-name from bār 'a boar', cf. Barsham Nf and Sf. Seventyfive per cent of place-names with worð as the generic have a pers.n. as the specific and as spellings without genitival s are minimal, 'boar enclosure' is unlikely here. By the middle of the 16th cent., Husband (s ) ~ was prefixed to the name to distinguish the township from Market Bosworth (v. Cox 67) in Sparkenhoe Hundred, since by this time the forms of their names (although different in origin) had developed in such a way as to make them liable to confusion. The settlement was in a farming district, hence 'Husbandmen's ~', v. husband .

Places in the same Parish

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