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Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Patcham

Historical Forms

  • Piceham 1086 DB
  • Peccham t.Wm2 Lewes 1476 IpmR
  • Pecham 1291 Tax
  • Pechham 1315 ADiii
  • Pecheham 1377 Pat
  • Petcham 1316 FA 1794 InstPRO
  • Peckham or Pecham or Patcham 1664 FF


It has usually been assumed that this name contains a pers. name Pæcca , a weak form of that noted under Patching supra 248, but the entire absence of early a -forms and the DB form with i are curious. In this name we seem rather to have a pers. name Pecc (e )a with sporadic i as an AN spelling. Cf. the history of Peachley (PN Wo 133). The later form may well have been influenced by Patching.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name