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Kent & Sussex Village name Derivation
For the villages and towns that VillageNet covers in Kent and East Sussex
these pages shows the origination or derivation of the place names.

Halland -to- High Hurstwood
Halland Halland is possibly derived from the Medieval Halle Land(Land belonging to a manor) probably the manor of nearby East Hoathly.

Hamsey The name Hamsey is probably derived from the Anglo Saxon Ham Ie (the settlement on the island). Hamsey is probably one of the first settlements of Aelle the Saxon , who landed at Shoreham in 477AD.

Hamstreet and Orlestone The name Hamstreet is from the Anglo Saxon ham meaning enclosure and straet meaning road or market hence the enclosure on the road, and was probably a hamlet away from the main Saxon settlement at Orlestone .

Orlestone can be derived from Orlegh stone (The Battle stone) perhaps commemorating a Saxon Battle site.

Hartfield Hartfield is probably derived from the Anglo Saxon Heorot feld(the field where the harts are - harts being male deer). It lies on the northern edge of the Ashdown Forest which was once a royal deer hunting park.

Hassocks hassocks

hastings Bulverhythe Bulverhythe is an Anglo Saxon name Burgh wara hythe meaning the harbour of the people who live in the burgh(fortification) or possibly who live on the Beorg (hill).
Hastings East Cliff The East Cliff was named as the cliffs are to the East of Hastings Old Town .
Hastings Harbour The harbour is as you would expect derived from the fact that the Hastings fishing fleet is based here .
Hastings Old Town Hastings is derived from the people of Haesta a Danish or Saxon warlord who ruled here from about 500AD until AD1011 . Haestingas meaning the settlement of Haesta in Anglo Saxon.
Hastings Ore Ore is probably derived from the Anglo Saxon Ora meaning ore, as there were many bloomeries in this area during Roman times, and when they left the Saxons took over this iron working area.
Hastings Sea Front The seafront is a 2 mile long promenade from the Old Town to Bulverhythe.
Hastings Town Center The West Hill is named because the hill is to the west of the Old Town .
Hastings West Hill The West Hill is so named as it lies to the West of Hastings Old Town .
Hawkhurst Hawkhurst is probably derived from the Anglo Saxon Hafoc hyrst (the wooded hill where the hawks can be found), and was first recorded in 1254 as Hauekehurst.

Headcorn Headcorn is first seen in about 1100 as Hedekaruna, but may go back to Anglo Saxon haed hruna (bridge by the heath).

Heathfield Heathfield was an area of open heathland, and was recorded as Hadfelde in the twelfth century, in 1587 became Heathfelde.

Hellingly This village is a Saxon village probably settled by the Saxons around 491 AD after the taking of the Roman fort at Pevensey .

Hellingly could be derived from Heall(Hall) ing(fort or stronghold) and leagh(clearing) or ie(island) so it translates into either 'The Hall peoples fort in the clearing' or 'The Hall peoples fort on the island'. as most of these ings were initially strategic defensive positions .
There is another option that it was derived from Haelig(holy) ie(island).

The place names ending in ing,inge or ings were usually found on higher ground, or in places which control strategic points, and appear to surround areas first settled by the Saxons.

Herstmonceux The manor that became Herstmonceux is first mentioned in the Domesday Book as being part of the lands of the Count of Eu, and was called Herst (the Saxon name for a wooded hill). In 1131 the Count's grandson transferred the manor to Drogo de Monceux, great grandson of William the Conqueror , who married Idonea de Herst, their son was known as Walleran de Herst Monceux (Herstmonceux) from where the current name is derived.

Hever Hever is first seen on record in 814 as the Anglo Saxon Hean yfre (meaning high over), a good location for a settlement.

High Hurstwood Highhurstwood is derived from the Anglo Saxon Heah hyrst(the high copse of wood) the wood added at the end originated in the 16th century after the original meaning was lost.

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