English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of St Mary Bishophill Senior

Historical Forms

  • Badetorpe(s) 1086 DB
  • Thorp c.1150 Selby
  • Thorp Mauteby 1237 FF 1265–75 RegAlbii,20d 1272 ib
  • Thorp Malteby 1252 Ch 1284 YI 1343 Whitby
  • Thorp Atun 1303 KF
  • Mid(d)elthorp(e) 1279–81 QW 1301 YI 1316 Vill 1530 FF
  • Medelthorp 1416 YI
  • Midlethorpe 1596,1617 FF


v. þorp 'outlying farmstead'. The various affixes refer to its position between Bishopthorpe and some other farm, probably Bustardthorpe 229 infra (v. middel ), or to its different owners. Bade (not identified) is from the OE  pers.n. Bad (d )a , Thorp Atun from Gillebertus de Aton who held two carucates here of the Abbot of Selby; in 1214–1221 they were transferred to William de Malteby (KF 216n).