South London commuter hotspot Penge is one of few places in the country with a Celtic name

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Penge is one of the few places in London said to have a Celtic name.

The south London commuter hotspot dates back to the year 957 and its pre-Roman denomination is thought to have first meant ‘tree hill’ - when the area was nestled in deep woodland.

Penge is thought to be made up of the historic words for ‘pen’, meaning ‘head’, and ‘cead’, the Welsh for ‘wood’.

Before the railways arrived suburb was a little-known village with a low population, but in later years grew to be a fashionable entertainment district.

Notable past residents include Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones and former Conservative Prime Minister Andrew Bonar Law.

Most place names in the capital, and in wider England outside Cornwall, are derived from Saxon or Latin languages.

Nearby Beckenham is thought to be named after a Saxon landowner called ‘Beohha’, Bromley is said to mark an open field or clearings, and Downe, which dates back to the more recent 1296, simply means ‘the hill’.

Bromley Council has a full list of the borough’s place names and their origins.

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11:08am Wed 14 May 14

white rabbit9 says...

It's just a name of a place, to give it identity, just like a human being get's given a name. Oh that is because we are all slaves with our name and number,
It's just a name of a place, to give it identity, just like a human being get's given a name. Oh that is because we are all slaves with our name and number, white rabbit9
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12:07pm Wed 14 May 14

bnorther says...

"Penge is one of few places in the country" Really?

OK - well ignore Wales and Scotland and assume you are talking purely about England.

Many (if not the majority) of place names in Cornwall have names of celtic origin. Further east, there are still many places that are named from celtic, such as Dover and Leatherhead
"Penge is one of few places in the country" Really? OK - well ignore Wales and Scotland and assume you are talking purely about England. Many (if not the majority) of place names in Cornwall have names of celtic origin. Further east, there are still many places that are named from celtic, such as Dover and Leatherhead bnorther
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12:27pm Wed 14 May 14

Dreamsofnurse says...

When I lived there I was given to believe that it meant "here be psychopaths".
When I lived there I was given to believe that it meant "here be psychopaths". Dreamsofnurse
  • Score: 3

8:18am Thu 15 May 14

Hyper-Deactive says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
It's just a name of a place, to give it identity, just like a human being get's given a name. Oh that is because we are all slaves with our name and number,
Never understood this slave name rubbish.

Was it not your own parents who named you and not anybody else ?
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: It's just a name of a place, to give it identity, just like a human being get's given a name. Oh that is because we are all slaves with our name and number,[/p][/quote]Never understood this slave name rubbish. Was it not your own parents who named you and not anybody else ? Hyper-Deactive
  • Score: 3

8:33am Thu 15 May 14

PaulErith says...

Hyper-Deactive wrote:
white rabbit9 wrote:
It's just a name of a place, to give it identity, just like a human being get's given a name. Oh that is because we are all slaves with our name and number,
Never understood this slave name rubbish.

Was it not your own parents who named you and not anybody else ?
But you're forgetting that your parent's conscientiousness is controlled by a 4th dimensional reptile race! (according to WR9 as he said on another comment thread.)
[quote][p][bold]Hyper-Deactive[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: It's just a name of a place, to give it identity, just like a human being get's given a name. Oh that is because we are all slaves with our name and number,[/p][/quote]Never understood this slave name rubbish. Was it not your own parents who named you and not anybody else ?[/p][/quote]But you're forgetting that your parent's conscientiousness is controlled by a 4th dimensional reptile race! (according to WR9 as he said on another comment thread.) PaulErith
  • Score: 3

11:11am Tue 27 May 14

london10 says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
It's just a name of a place, to give it identity, just like a human being get's given a name. Oh that is because we are all slaves with our name and number,
We would all be screwed without names wouldn't we, how would society work? You appear to have issues.
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: It's just a name of a place, to give it identity, just like a human being get's given a name. Oh that is because we are all slaves with our name and number,[/p][/quote]We would all be screwed without names wouldn't we, how would society work? You appear to have issues. london10
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