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Wednesday, 03 March 2004
Places called Worth (1)

Worth

The above photo is of Worth Abbey, near the town of Worth in West Sussex, England. There are at least 10 places in England known as Worth, and many more if you consider all the places with a prefix of Worth- or a suffix of -worth (Kennilworth, Shuttleworth, Harmondsworth, etc).

The word Worth is apparently an Old English word for a settlement or village that was fenced or enclosed, and is Saxon (Germanic) in origin.  It therefore dates back to between 350AD and 1000AD. (About the time that the Yew Tree in the photo above would have been planted). Worth is similar in meaning to the place name suffix “-ton” but worth was generally used to describe larger settlements.

If somebody tells you that a placename (or surnames) with the prefix or suffix worth implies a meaning of value then be sceptical.

Posted by bigblue on 03/03/2004 at 12:19 AM
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