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The origins of the name Linslade

From the earliest occurrences of the town name in documents it is clear that the name Linslade is derived from the Old English words hlinc and gelad.

The exact significance of the name is difficult to assertain, however, the name is believed to describe the site of the original village around the church of St. Mary in Old Linslade. The first part 'lince' or 'linch' refers to the bank and sand mounds, overgrown with trees to the south of the church. The second part of the name has variously be ascribed to the westernmost channel into which the Ousel divides itself, or alternatively, the footpath which skirts the foot of the lince.

In records the name Linslade appears variously as follows:
8th Century: Hlincgelad
10th Century: Hlincgelad
11th Century: Hlincgelad, Lincelada
12th Century: Hlincgelad, Linchelad(e)
13th Century: Lincelada, Linslad, Lynchlad, Lynchelad, Lyncelade
14th Century: Lincelada, Lynchelad, Lyncelade, Linselade
15th Century: Lincelada , Lynchelad, Linchlade
16th Century: Lynchelad, Lynchelade
19th Century: Linchlade