CCCU/KAS: Exploring Kentish Naming Practices 17-11-18

A joint conference organised by the CCCU Centre for Kent History and Heritage and the KAS Place Names Committee

Exploring Kentish Naming Practices
Saturday 17 November 2018
Old Sessions House, CCCU, Canterbury CT1 1PL

Registration & coffee from 9.30 am and concludes 4.00 pm

9.30-10.00                 Registration and refreshments (coffee and biscuits)
10:00-10.10               Welcome

First session

10:10-10:40               Paul Cullen ‘Tavern names of Kent’
10:40-11:10               Barrie Cook, ‘Names, trades and places on the tokens of 17th century Kent’
11:10-11:20               Questions


Second session

11:30-12:00               Margaret Lawrence, ‘Promoting Peckham Village Place Names’
12:00-12:30               Mark Bateson, ‘Place-names from the sources: editions, transcriptions and excerpts’
(or, Confessions of an English Place-Name Society research assistant)
12:30-12:40               Questions

LUNCH (provided for speakers only)

Third Session
13:40-14:10               Sheila Sweetinburgh, ‘Pigs, pannage and place names in medieval Kent’
14:10-14:40               Ellie Rye, ‘Place-names and travel in early medieval Kent’.
14:40-14:50               Questions


15:10-15:40               Paul Cullen, ‘Some tricky Kent surnames’*

15:40-16:00               Questions

*Audience members are invited to suggest examples of baffling names for Paul’s consideration. In this talk he will consider a selection of the best ones (or at least the ones he can make sense of!). Please email your tricky Kent surnames to the Place-Names Committee Secretary Anita Thompson – the sooner the better!

Paul Cullen, the well-known expert on Kentish names, will head this exploration of all sorts of naming practices – place, family and trade, an exciting educational event where participants will have a chance to ask about intriguing and unusual Kentish names.

This is a joint venture between the Centre for Kent History and Heritage and Kent Archaeological Society. As well as Dr Paul Cullen, other confirmed speakers are Drs Mark Bateson, Ellie Rye, Barrie Cook and Sheila Sweetinburgh. Among the topics speakers will explore are tavern names, early medieval place names and surnames. Through this event the Centre hopes to aid the Ian Coulson Memorial Postgraduate Award fund, which is used to support and encourage potential CCCU postgraduates to research Kent history topics.

There may be limited car parking on campus, and Canterbury City Council’s Longport car park (pay and display) is near to Old Sessions House.

Tickets are £15 per person; £10 for CCCU students

Booking: or phone 01227 782994 or buy online at


17 November 2018 | 9:30am to 4pm


Old Sessions House, CCCU, Canterbury CT1 1PL  



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