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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Rusper

Historical Forms

  • terra apud Feye 1380 LibE
  • Fay Gate 1614 SAC13,224


Faygate must be near the terra apud Feye (1380LibE ). It is called Fay Gate in 1614 (SAC 13, 224). Cf. Matilda de la Faye of Bramley (Sr) in 1248 FF. Professor Ekwall suggests that this may be a contraction of fēo -hege , 'cattle-enclosure,' cf. OE  rāh -hege , 'deer-fence.' This would go well with gate .