English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Hersham Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Chertsey

Historical Forms

  • Halsam 675 BCS 13th
  • Halsham 1189 Chertsey 1548 LRMB
  • Halesham t.Hy3 For
  • Halsamesbyrichet 1343 Chertsey
  • Halseham 1428 Chertsey
  • Hawsham 1548 Pat 1607 Turner
  • Hasom Grove 1765 R
  • Hersham Corner 1789 LandC


Hersham Fm is Halsam 675 (13th) BCS 34, Halsham 1189 Chertsey, 1548LRMB , Halesham t. Hy 3For (p), Halsamesbyrichet 1343 Chertsey, Halseham 1428 Chertsey, Hawsham 1548 Pat, 1607 Turner, Hasom Grove 1765 R, Hersham Corner 1789 L and C. The first element would seem to be the OE  heals , 'neck, col,' discussed in PN D lviii. There is a slight spur of land here between two streamlets. The second element is probably ham , though it may be hamm , as the OE charter-form is not from an original document. The modern spelling has clearly been influenced by that of Hersham supra 97. For byrichet , 'collection of birch trees,' v. infra 359.