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Survey of English Place-Names

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Belswardine

Major Settlement in the Parish of Cressage

Historical Forms

  • Belleurdine 1086 DB
  • Bellewrðe 1205 P
  • Bedleswurth' c.1200 ForProc 1301 SAC
  • Beddeleswordyn l.13th ForProc
  • Bedelesworthyn' 1291-2 Ass
  • Bedeleswarthyn 1317,21 Pat
  • Bedeleswardyn 1317 Cl
  • Bedelesworthyn 1347 Pat
  • Belleswrðe (p), Belleswrth' 1204 P
  • Beleswurth' 1236 Cl
  • Beleswrthin 1242 Fees
  • Belleswardyn 1421 Cl
  • Beclesworpin 1255 RH
  • Beldeswrth' 1255-6 Ass
  • Bedlewrthin, Bedlewarthin. Bedleswardin, Bedeswarthyn, Bledeleworth' 1271-2 Ass
  • Bedresworth' 1291-2 Ass
  • Belserdyne 1577 Saxton
  • Beleardyne 1690 PR(L)
  • Belzardine 1718 ib
  • Belserdine 1695 Morden
  • Belsadine 1662 PR(L)
  • Belsadine Hall 1675 Ogilby
  • Belzadine 1692,4 PR(L)
  • Belswardine 1690 PR(L) 1700 PR(L)
  • Beswardine 1690 PR(L)

Etymology

'Bēdel's enclosed settlement', v. worðign . The personal name would be a derivative of Bēda . OE  bydel , influenced or replaced by OFr  bedel , 'beadle', is theoretically possible, but unlikely; Belswardine was only assessed at half a hide in DB, but it is too considerable a property to be owned by the sort of official who might be designated 'beadke'. The spelling Belzadine represents the local pronunciation.