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Survey of English Place-Names

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Lithersgate Common

Early-attested site in the Parish of Fittleworth

Historical Forms

  • Lydesgate 1296 SR
  • Lidesgate a.1369 SRS31,59
  • Lizgate 1795 GY
  • Lysgate 1823 G


Lithersgate Common (6″) [lizgət] is Lydesgate in 1296 (SR) (p), Lidesgate a. 1369 (SRS 31, 59), Lizgate 1795 (GY), Lysgate 1823 (G). The first element is possibly OE  hliþ, hence 'gate of the slope.' There is a fairly steep ascent here.

Places in the same Parish