The Will of Zachariah Shrapnel, Esq. made in 1794 includes a bequest of “all those scattered or dispersed Lands commonly called Beggars Bush , Little Field and Tyning, Prentite [?] Land, Baily’s Barn, figure [?] Winter Leaze and Raynard in Bradford and in adjoining Parishes and now in occupation of Thomas Harding, James Biggs and Farmer Crook [?] and some of those in my own occupation”. Read the rest of this entry »
The earliest record is a “Lease for 99 yrs., of land in the common fields, in Cossett field, in Hayfurlong; in Hayfield in a furlong between the Holloways, in Beggars Bush furlong; all in Urchfont”. Read the rest of this entry »
An Assignment dated 25th September 1809 includes premises in Beggars Bush Fields and Chisenbury Hill (NA TS21/1259).
The name may be earlier. Read the rest of this entry »
Thomas Baker refers to a site on the boundary of the Down and arable land adjoining the turnpike road from Mere to Salisbury, which was a large space of waste ground. Baker wrote he was “under the impression” it was named from being a haunt of gypsies. Michael Tighe reports that Baker was a reliable informant who lived locally, and was Chairman of the Board of Poor Law Guardians. Read the rest of this entry »
EPNS Wiltshire gives this name from papers of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. It also says these included Coldharbour, as Coleharborow, aka Gooseland 1609, which is recorded as La Goslonde as early as 1292,. The name does not appear on any later maps or records. The editors of EPNS describe it as a term of contempt.
The archivist at Corpus Christi College has been unable to trace any relevant papers. The phrase Beggars Bush was certainly known at Corpus Christi by 1609 as it is used in a letter dated 22nd October 1609 from Brian Twyne, a student there.
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