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Offline davpott

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Re: The River Bourne
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2013, 18:17:40 »
According to the experts this is where the name came from:-

Sittingbourne

Apparently 'stream of the dwellers on the slope'.

Elements and their meanings
•sīde (Old English) A side; a long hill-slope.
•-ingas (Old English) The people of . . . ; the people called after . . .
•burna (Old English) A stream.

http://kepn.nottingham.ac.uk/map/county/Kent


Bourne in Kentish just means 'stream' as in a Nail Bourne which is an intermitant flowing stream which are common on the chalk areas of Kent.

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The River Bourne
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2013, 16:07:02 »
Has anyone information on the River Bourne? I was told that Sittingbourne was named from pilgrims sitting by the Bourne to rest on their way to Canterbury, it was supposed to have run down Bell Lane to the Crown Quay lane creek. (now perhaps underground).

 

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