I;ve never asked you this Andy, but can you trace saltmaking in Sussex
Domesday Book, i.e. Anglo Saxon and/or Romano British - I think you have
Briquetage there? Sorry my recall is not so good nowadays, but you did
some stuff some years ago.
>In the Adur Valley of Sussex we have Wyckham and Southwick (Suthwic). The
>salterns are mapped
>The Roman connection is documented: Roman villa at Southwick juxta
>Portslade (Portus Ladda), no archaeology at Wyckham juxta Stretham
>(supposed location of a Roman road and first crossing point of the Adur).
>Southwick was an important place way back then, with a port near to Gaul
>(now Shoreham). Grain was harvested (and taxed) on the downs.
>A reasonable explanation would be that Suthwic was the hinterland to the
>port. Therefore, a market trading place would be plausible explanation. Or
>a taxation area : Kingston is nearby. Salt could have been traded from both
>locations which were near but not exactly the same place. Wyckham was on a
>strategic position near the crossing point on land that was probably not
>Suthwic was adjacent to the hamm. There is a strong indication that the
>hamm was a pasture (but this is my surmise).
>So the two local wics are adjacent to salt-making areas, also adjacent to
>pastures, near a port and navigation areas, Roman roads, and also near
>grain harvesting and the location of a Roman villa.
>I favour a general trading place, not just salt, not just cattle (or
>sheep), but also grain.
>How do other wics fare?
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>On Fri, 21 Jul 2006 12:40:25 -0700, Bea Hopkinson
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>>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.
>>>kevin wooldridge wrote:
>>>> But couldn't 'wic' also come from the Scandinavian denoting 'a
>>>> settlement at the end of a long inlet' (hence the later wic-ings or
>>>> vikings). Surely, a settlement at the end of a long inlet perfectly
>>>> describes Hamwic, Londonwic, Ipswich, Norwich
>>>No - definitely not. ON 'vik' is rare in English place-names.