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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Billesley

Historical Forms

  • Billes læh 704–9 BCS123 11th
  • Billeslei 1086 DB
  • Bileslega, Bileslea 1157,1158 P 1158 RBE
  • Bellesleye 1291 Tax


'Clearing or wood of Bill .' For the pers. name cf. Billesley Fm (PN Wo 232), Bilsborough (PN Sx 220), Billeshurst (PN Sr 328).

Places in the same Parish