1206 - Richard de la Lye

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date c. 1206
Topic Richard de la Lye of Fittleworth, Sussex
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Lee Farm in Fittleworth.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2016-11-23. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-17.


[c. 1206:]
[Lee F[ar]m and Street F[ar]m [...] were the homes of Richard de la Lye [...] and Adam atte Strete (1296 [...]). The latter is on the main road from Fittleworth to Arundel.][1]

Source notes

The source reference for the information on Richard de la Lye in the above quotation from the 1969 English Place-Name Society volume on Sussex is to "Registers in the possession of the Bishop of Chichester", Y, 132 b.[2] The source referred to for the modern "Lee Farm" is a 6" O.S. map cited without date, See for instance the map listed in the Maps section below.

IRHB comments

It would be interesting to know how R. de la Lye's farm is identified in the c. 1206 record and what made it possible to identify it with the Lee Farm appearing on maps around 700 years later. While the record is of course in Latin, it may still be of interest to note that the English term 'farm' in the sense of "a tract of land held on lease for the purpose of cultivation" is first recorded in 1523, and that of a "farm-house" from 1596.[3]


MS sources

  • Registers in the possession of the Bishop of Chichester, Y, 132 b.

Printed sources


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