As many people are aware, Sussex takes its name from the South Saxons.
They were were a warlike bunch but they managed to develop most of our settlements and gave us the language we largely speak today.
Rouser is indebted to David Arscott and his Little Book of Sussex (History Press) for the following:
Chailey: If you know the common you won’t be surprised to learn that the village name was originally ceacge leah or ‘gorse clearing’.
Chichester: The Saxon warrior Cissa built himself a stronghold inside the former Roman town. He called it Cissan ceastre or Cissa’s fort.
Dallington: The -ing suffix idicates personal ownerrship. This village is named the ‘farmstead’ of a man called Dealla.
Firle: This name seems to derive from the Saxon adjective fierol, meaning oak-covered.
Netherfield: It was originally Naeddre feld or ‘the land infested by adders’.
Rye: May settlements ending with -y were islands in marshland.
Rye was orginally aet paere iege or ‘at the island’.