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The Wood That Built London: Penge

The name Penge is Celtic in origin, from the ancient British words corresponding to the Welsh pen (head) and coed (wood). Though it is located on the eastern flank of the Norwood Ridge, it was assigned to the manor of Battersea by King Eadwig in a charter of 957: Herto ge byreo se pude pe hatte Paenge. seofen milen. seofen furlang. and seofen fet embeganges (‘Hereto belongeth the wood that is called Penge, seven miles, seven furlongs and seven feet in circumference’). It was the only significant area of woodland belonging to Battersea, which the Domesday Book assessed as having ‘wood for 50 swine’. The whole of the manor of Battersea, including the hamlet and common of Penge, was granted to Westminster Abbey by William the Conqueror.

From The Wood That Built London by C.J. Schüler

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C.J. Schüler

C.J. Schüler