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Early-attested site in the Parish of Little Downham

Historical Forms

  • Be(e)leffen 1449 Ct
  • Belfen al. Pymoor 1497 ib
  • Byemoor 1786 Lot


Pymore is Be (e )leffen 1449Ct , Belfen al. Pymoor 1497 ib., Byemoor 1786 Lot. Perhaps 'insect-infested marsh,' from OE  pēo , pīe , or possibly 'magpie,' and mōr . Cf. Pymore (PN Do 255). The earlier name is from the neighbouring Beild Drove infra .