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Survey of English Place-Names

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Bassenhally Fm, Bassenhally Field, Bassenhally Moor and Bassenhally Pits

Early-attested site in the Parish of Whittlesey

Historical Forms

  • Bastenhale 1246 Thorney 1285–1390 14th ElyF
  • Bastenfeld 1397 Ct
  • Bastenweie 1446 Thorney
  • Bastenalemoore 1403 SewersA
  • Bastenhalyee 1446 Ct
  • Bastonhale c.1280 ElyF
  • Bastone 1393 Ct
  • Bastonefelde 1396 ib
  • Bastingeshalewey c.1280 ElyF
  • Bas(s)nall Feild, Bassinally Feild 1603 Survey
  • Bassenhall Moore 1637 BedL
  • Bassinghally 1712 Fenlandiv
  • Bassinghally Moor c.1840 TA
  • Bastenalemoore 1403 SewersA
  • Bassenhall Moore 1637 BedL


This name, like Barston supra 135, earlier Baston , and Bastwick and Woodbastwick (Nf) (cf. DEPN), probably contains OE  bæst used either of the lime-tree itself or of bast , the bark of the lime-tree. The first element is either basten , hence 'nook grown over with lime-trees' (v. healh ) or more probably (cf. Barston supra 135) baston , 'nook by lime-tree farm', v. tūn . The form Bassinally may be a reduction of Bastenhalyee , i.e. ēa or stream by Bastenhale or of Bastenhaleweie , i.e. road by Bastenhale . Basinghall Fm (6″) is derived from such a form as Bastingeshale . Bassnimoor Fm derives from Bastenalemoore 1403SewersA , Bassenhall Moore 1637 BedL.