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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Burwash

Historical Forms

  • Clydewich, Cludewih', Glidewisse 1279 Ass
  • Gledewysse 1296 SR
  • Gledewysshe 1407 Add
  • Glodewish 1332 SR


Glydwish is Clydewich , Cludewih ', Glidewisse 1279Ass (p), Gledewysse 1296 SR (p), Gledewysshe 1407Add , Glodewish 1332 SR (p). Professor Ekwall suggests that the first element here is OE  gli (o )da , 'glede, kite.' The second is wisc . Cf. Gledecroft (1406Ct ) and Puttokwysh (1333Ct ), the latter containing a similar bird-name.