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Survey of English Place-Names

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Beldhamland Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Wisborough Green

Historical Forms

  • Bedellond 1369–85 LibP
  • Beldam lands 1623 SRS14,136
  • Bedhamland 1795 GY


The first form refers to a place in Wisborough Green, but it is not clear whether the later name is a corruption of the earlier one or not. The former would suggest lands used for the endowment or payment of some beadle or official. If the names are unconnected possibly the land had to do with the manor of Bedham supra 126. Cf. also Bedlam Wood infra 384.