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 Bishopstrow

Historical Forms

  • Biscopestreu 1086 DB
  • Bissopestreu 1121 AC
  • Bissopestre 1195 P 1201 Cur 1206 Abbr
  • Bissupestru 1196 Cur 1198 Abbr
  • Bisshopestre 1236 Ch
  • Bisshopestrewe 1257 For
  • Byscoppestrewe 1270 Ch
  • Biss(c)hoppestrowe 1300 Ipm 1316 FA
  • Biss(c)hoppestrue 1331 Pat


'The bishop's tree,' v. treow . This is probably the place which William of Malmesbury (WMP 384–5) calls Biscepes truue , associating with it a legend that St Aldhelm once preached there and that when he placed his ashen pastoral staff in the ground it miraculously multiplied into numerous ash-trees so that the vill was henceforward known as ad Episcopi arbores , i.e. at Bishop's trees. The church is dedicated to St Aldhelm.