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Survey of English Place-Names

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Healam House, Healam Beck

Early-attested site in the Parish of Kirklington

Historical Forms

  • Hilum 1257 YD
  • Healam Bridge in Watlinge Streete 1613 NR


'(At) the pools' from ON  hylr, dat. plur. hylum . The modern form shows that the original vowel -i - was short and was lengthened in an open syllable in ME; cf. Upleatham 153supra .The country round about is flat and the name probably refers to pools formed by Healam Beck. On Watling Street cf. Leeming Lane 1supra .

Places in the same Parish