July 21, 2003
Shopping at the Heathen Temple

That’s what we did on Sunday morning. We live at the King’s Manor - and we drove past the Farm on the River Kenn to get there. But it’s back to normal this week: I will be travelling to work by taking the Route 79 bus to Ealhbeorht’s estate and then get the tube from there to the place with a hammer smithy.

What am I going on about? Well - these are original London place names as they were first recorded!

Harrow = Heathen Temple
Kenton = Farm on the River Kenn
Kingsbury = King’s Manor
Alperton = Ealhbeorht’s estate
Hammersmith = place with a hammer smithy (forge)

There’s loads more where they came from - check out the fascinating origin of London Place Names page. (Discovered whilst browsing TimeOut London)

Preston Road circa 1910

Posted by jag at July 21, 2003 11:57 PM

Interesting! “Oakwood” is sadly missing, but I suppose its origin is pretty obvious…

Posted by: Stu on July 22, 2003 06:45 PM
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