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Amberley School 1922Finally, it is interesting to note the way that some of the Parish names have developed over the years. Originally, part of the old Hamptun Manor boundaries were marked by a path, and this was apparently known as the Bagpath or Packpath. Along the line of this path were the holdings of lands held by various persons either by means of a rent payment alone, by rent payments and specified services or by services only. Among these in the old Rodborough Tything were the ones at St. Loes, as previously mentioned, Houndscroft and Watledge. Houndscroft apparently derived its name from the holding of one John Hund while the neighbouring one, now occupied by Moor Court and the Bear Inn in particular, was at that time and for many years, the holding of the Horestone family, possibly named from the very stone which marks the limit of the Rodborough and Amberley civil Parishes. Watledge bears one of those names which have passed through many changes of fortune and seen better days. It seems to have begun as Heardanleah, a boundary post mentioned in Ethelbald's Woodchester grant. This means the Warders clearing, or the Warders field, and approximately 500 years later had become Wadden. Later still it was Wadden Edge. Then, in the early 19th century, it was Wadedge and later Watledge with the T creeping in during the last 100 years. On a tentative map of the Hamptun Manor c. 1300, the area now known as Theescombe is referred to as Maelscombe, possibly after Roger Mael or Mayel, a 14th century adventurer. It seems, however, that the modern name is probably derived from the words 'Thieves Combe' denoting a valley haunted by thieves.

Pinfarthing, referred to during the 19th century without the 's' at the end, appears to have emerged from a combination of pen (as for enclosing property or stock) and farthing (a quarter).

Old Map of Amberley

Text, map and photos extracted by permission from "A Village of Parts" by Roy Close
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