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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 38
                                                     
THE EARLY HISTORY OF TENTERDEN. By Robert Furley, F.S.A.   Continued

The only Roman remains that have been discovered during the present century, in this locality, to my knowledge, were found by Mr. Stephen Judge while draining a field in Tenterden, near Reading Hill, and consisted of a Roman urn and coins and a quantity of ashes deposited in a bank which had evidently been raised.
   In Saxon times this district extended over the south-western extremity of the Kentish kingdom, and parts of the South Saxon and West Saxon kingdoms. It was in King Alfred's time, according to the Saxon Chronicle, 120 miles or longer from east to west, and 30 miles broad.
   The Limen or Rother flowed out of it, and its western confines were near Privett in Hampshire.
   Many places now bear very different names from those they once bore. What is now known to us as the Weald, which signifies in Saxon a woody country or forest, was known to the Britons as Coed-Andred, Coed being the British word for wood. The Romans called it Silva-Anderida. The Saxons called it Andred, Andredsley, and Andredsweald, and it retained the name of Andred for 

centuries after the Romans abandoned Britain. In our earliest Anglo-Saxon charters it is called sometimes Saltus-Andred (a country of wooded glades), Silva-Andred, Saltus-Communis, and Silva-Regalis. The name Andred was given to it, according to Lambarde, from its vast extent; Andred is in British "great or wonderful." One of our modern writers, Dr. Guest, says its signifies "the uninhabited district," from "an," the Celtic negative particle, and "dred," a dwelling; another modern writer (the late Mr. Lewin) says Anderida signifies "the black forest," from "an," the, "dern," oak forest, and "dy," black; while a third (Mr. Edmunds) says Andred is often met with as an owner's name. All this shews what little dependence is to be placed on nomenclature.
 The earliest notice of Andred in Saxon times, that I have met with, is in the eighth century, when the chronicles record that Sigebert, a deposed king of the West Saxons, having committed murder, fled into "Andred," and was there slain. During the remainder of our Anglo-Saxon

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