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Early-attested site in the Parish of Otley

Historical Forms

  • on Biceratuna c.1030 YCh7
  • Bicher(t)un 1086 DB
  • Bikerton 1323 ADiii


'The bee-keepers' farm', v. bīcere , tūn , and cf. Bickerton iv, 247supra . This place is thought to have been in Newall (cf. G. E. Kirk, Thoresby xxxvii, 202); it was in the DB manor of Otley in Gereburg Wapentake (1supra ).