English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Acomb

Historical Forms

  • Thorp juxta Eboracum e.12 Whitby 1208 Cur 1219 Fees
  • Thorp quae tenuit Osbertus Bustard 12 Whitby
  • Thorp Bustard 1285 KI 1303 KF
  • Bustardestorp 1234 FF
  • Bustardt(h)orp(e) 1235 FF 1271,1301 YI 1303 KF 1500 YkCR
  • Thorp Boistard 1237 FF
  • Boystardthorp 1252 Ch
  • Busterdthorp Flatt 1536 FF
  • Busterthorp(e) 1543,1578,1623 FF


v. þorp 'outlying farmstead'. The first el. is a feudal affix, the surname of the family of Bustard (l.ME  bustard 'bustard') who held the manor from the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries. From a list of bounds in 1500 YkCR (Busterd layn (e ) (which also contains the same surname)—KnaysmireBustardthorp —the stone cross at the west end of Dringhouses), Bustardthorpe was between Knavesmire in York and Dringhouses; the Bustard Field (f.n. infra ) was, according to the TA map, east of Knavesmire (97–599493).