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Survey of English Place-Names

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Lilly Holt

Early-attested site in the Parish of Benwick

Historical Forms

  • Lilly Ho(u)lt 1620 SewersD 1636 BedL
  • Lytleye 1251 ElyCouch


Lilly Holt is Lilly Ho (u )lt 1620SewersD , 1636 BedL, taking name from Lytleye 1251ElyCouch . This may have the same history as Lilly Wood and Lilly Plantation (PN Ess 396, 420) and derive from lȳtel , 'little' and (ge)hæg, 'enclosure,' but here the second element might also be ēg , as it lies right in the fen.

Places in the same Parish