John Wood wrote:
> Interestingly enough there is 'Rowlands Castle', in SE Hampshire,
> which presumably is named after someone called Rowland. Though the
> locals all know the place as 'Rowlands', having dropped the 'Castle'
> which isn't very evident if you ever visit the place. Though one could
> argue that it should be called 'Rowland's Castles' as there are two,
> though one probably dates before Rowland's if we assume he owned the
> motte and bailey, the other is a saxon ring bailey.
Um, no. "Rowland" would be Roland (as in Oliver), who was a historical figure
who would pre-date the castle. Even if, like El Cid, he rode out of history and
The place-name (or placename - perhaps we will do hyphens next...) "Rowlands
Castle" isn't recorded much (if at all) before the 19th century. The settlement
seems to have been conjured into existence by the railway station. Before that
it was "North Havant".