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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.

Newchurch -to- Pevensey Bay
Newchurch Newchurch is derived from the Anglo Saxon Niwe Cirice (New Burial Ground), and is found in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Nevcerce.

Newenden Newenden is derived from the Anglo Saxon Niwen denne (the new woodland pasture) it appears as Newedene in the Domesday Book.

Newhaven Newhaven

Newick Newick is derived from the Anglo Saxon Niwe wic (new farm) and was recorded as Newik in the thirteenth century.

Ninfield Ninfield seems to have been derived from the Anglo Saxon Nimen feld (the seized field) presumably taken from the original Celtic owners not long after Aelle the Saxon landed. the Domesday book shows it as Nerewelle, but then becomes Nimenfeld, Newenefeld and Nenefelde finally Ninfield.

Normans Bay Normans Bay is a modern holiday village set up after the war for holidaymakers, the name is used to attract visitors, as the Norman landing for the invasion of 1066 was nearby possibly at Hooe or Bulverhythe .

Northiam Northiam is derived from the Anglo Saxon Heah hamm(The high village) as it lies on the high ground overlooking the Rother / Limen . In the Domesday book it is recorded as Higham, in the 1200's North was added to distinguish it from the other Higham near Winchelsea.

Nutley Nutley could be derived from the Anglo Saxon owner named Hnut and leagh meaning a clearing in the forest so therefore Hnuts clearing, there is also a possibility that it could be derived from Hnutu leagh (the nut clearing)

Offham Originally derived from the Anglo Saxon Wog hamm, a crooked water meadow on the river ouse. It is mentioned as Wocham in the late 9th century, and Wogham in the late 11th century.

Old Romney The name comes from the Anglo Saxon Romm eg (Ram's island) originally a small rise on the marshes where sheep where kept out of water.



Old Winchelsea Old Winchelsea , originally known as Wincles eg (Winkle Island) , was found on an island between what is now known as Rye Harbour and Winchelsea Beach .
An extract of the Nothgyth Quest whose author David Slaughter proposes the following :- [There is a spoken remnant of history about Cissa the Saxon's family, which survived locally, relating that his son Winchel or his followers the Wincheling founded Winchelsea. The writer believes this remnant to be true and that the first settlement must have been established by Wine Cissing, the original form of the town's name having been 'Wines cesel ie' and that the present name of Winchelsea developed from this Old English form.]

Paddock Wood The name comes from the Anglo Saxon Parruc wood (a park or enclosure in a wood).

Peacehaven peacehaven

Peasmarsh The name Peasmarsh seems to be derived from the Anglo Saxon Peas Mersc meaning the meadow in the marsh probably where the cattle/sheep graze. (Many thanks to Bernard Kranenburg for this translation).

Pembury The name of Pembury is most likely derived from the Saxon Pepingbeorg the hill of the Pepings , or perhaps Pepingeberia meaning the Pippin Apple Tree(Bush).

Penhurst Penhurst comes from the Anglo Saxon pen meaning top and hurst meaning wood, therefore meaning 'The Head of the Woods', possibly a reference to the start of the Andredsweald forest.

Penshurst This village derivation is still being researched

Pett This is another Anglo Saxon derived village name from Pytt meaning pit, probably relating to the area between the current Pett and Pett Level.

Pevensey Its name comes from the Saxon 'Pefe Ie' , and translates to the 'Island of Pefe' or possibly Pefen, in time this has degenerated to Pefeie then Pevensey. In Roman times, the sea lapped around the base of the castle, since then the sea has retreated, and is now about 2 miles away at Pevensey Bay .

Pevensey Bay This village name is a modern derivation of Pevensey to attract tourists from London to this area during the late 19th century.


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