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Bailey Brook

Early-attested site in the Parish of Moreton Say

Historical Forms

  • Bulebrok 1331 Ch

Etymology

Bailey Brook. This stream, which forms the S.W. boundary of Moreton Say, joins the R. Tern near Tern Hill. It is convenient to discuss the name here, as the TA has fields called Far Bailey and Near Bailey and Bailey Meadow beside the stream in this township. Bailey may be an interpretation of the first part of an earlier name of the stream, Bulebrok 1331 Ch, which occurs in the bounds of Tern Hill discussed infra : this may mean 'bull brook'. This tributary of the Tern had the pre-English name Giht , preserved in Ightfield supra .