English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Beggars Bridge Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Whittlesey

Historical Forms

  • Beggers Bridge 1687 BLAcct
  • Beggers Dike 1637 BedL


Beggars Bridge Fm is named from Beggers Bridge 1687BLAcct .Cf. Beggers Drove End ib. In 1668 (ib.) a wooden bridge was built over Bevill's Leame near Beggersdyke (Beggers Dike 1637 BedL). The names are presumably of nickname origin. It is curious that the same term should have been applied to all three objects.