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leygraves

Field in the Parish of Hemsby

Historical Forms

  • leygraves 1422 FB
  • Leygraves 1581 D

Etymology

leygraves 1422 FB, Leygraves 1581 D(pasture and wood, v. lǣge'fallow,unploughed' and grāf, grǣfe; ModE  ley, lay is an agricultural term, recorded asdial. lay'land put down for grass and sown with grass seeds' EDD s.v.; as earlyas 1422 the meaning was no doubt'fallow field'; cf. Leydegrove 1292 inMartham infra)