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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.

Southease -to- Udimore
Southease southease

Speldhurst Another village derived from the Anglo Saxon probably Speld Herst meaning the wood where torches are made, or alternatively Spild Herst meaning a treacherous or dangerous wood.

Spithurst It is believed that Spithurst derives from the Anglo Saxon Spitu Herst meaning the wood where lances or spears were made.

St Leonards on Sea St Leonards on Sea was a name derived by James Burton that he felt would attract the religious rich from London.
St Mary in the Marsh This village derivation is still being researched

St Marys Bay This village derivation is still being researched

Staplecross Staplecross is derived from the Anglos Saxon Stapel Cruce most likely meaning the post that marks the boundary

Staplehurst Staplehurst is derived from the Anglos Saxon Stapel Hurst meaning the wood where wooden posts(stapel) can be obtained

Stone In Oxney This village derivation is still being researched

Stonegate Stonegate is probably derived from the Anglo Saxon Stan Geat meaning a gate in stony ground

Sundridge Sundridge is derived from the Anglo Saxon 'Sunor Ridge' meaning the ridge where the herd of swine can be found.

Sutton Valence Originally known in Anglo Saxon as 'Sutton' - the South settlement , then Town Sutton , in 1265 the land and the small castle was seized from Simon de Montfort after his defeat at Evesham and given to William de Valence (The ruins of the castle are now looked after by English Heritage). Because of William's patronage the name was changed to Sutton Valence possibly via Sutton de Valence .

Tarring Neville This village is a Saxon village one of the first to be settled by Aelle around 477AD.

Tarring is derived from either Tare(tar) ing(fort or stronghold) or Torr(Tower) ing(fort or stronghold) so it translates to the Tar Fort or Tower Fort. The most likely explanation for this name is to mean that this was where ships were waterproofed with tar.

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.

The Neville suffix was added after the Norman conquest in 1066 when the Neville family took ownership of the village.

Telscombe telscombe

Tenterden In Anglo Saxon times it was known as 'Tenet ware den', meaning, 'pig-pasture of the men of Thanet'.

Ticehurst The name Ticehurst comes from the Anglo Saxon Ticcen meaning kids(goats), and hurst a thick wood.

Toys Hill In 1295, Robert Toys paid for the right to keep pigs in Otford Woods and it seems possible that his family name is from where the name is derived.

Tudeley & Capel Tudeley is most likely derived from the Anglo Saxon Tiw Lea meaning 'the place of Mars(the god's)', or less likely Tiw Dale meaning 'the buckle of Mars'.

Capel is a later place derived from the Norman for a chapel.
Uckfield The name is derived from the river Uck which flows through the village i.e. the field on the river Uck .

Udimore The official meaning of the name Udimore is from the Anglo Saxon Wudu mearc meaning boundary of the woods.

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