From: "Bea Hopkinson"
> There have been many discussions on the subect of 'wic' and it is
> widely accept that it has the meaning of a place where something was
> made: salt making, i.e. Saltwic or Sealtwic, being one of them, etc.
Essentially 'wic' means a collection of buildings with a common purpose, of
which salt making is only one. . In agricultural contexts it is particularly
connected with dairying. Each 'wic' placename should be seen in context. As
previously mentioned in the cases of Ipswich, Lundonwic, Hamwic, plus
Qentovic, near Boulogne and all the other 'wics' along the northern European
coast.it means a centre for trade, usually international and nearly all, if
not all these
'wics' are on navigable water on known trading routes. However the
from the latin word 'vicus' applies to all these uses.