What is in a name?

The location and inspiration of my writing on this page is the area most known as Kensington.

So, in my research I just had to look up the origins of Kensington, and this is what I stumbled upon; 

The names Kensington and Chelsea are Anglo-Saxon in origin, giving us a tantalising if uncertain glimpse into their early development. Chelsea derives from Chelchehithe, Anglo-Saxon for chalk and landing place, corrupted by the 16th century to the more familiar Chelsey. Cyningholt, meaning kingswood, is the modern Kensal previously the outlying portion of Chelsea. Kensington probably derives from Chenesitun, ‘town’ of Chenesi’s people. Today some historians believe that all three places were one and owned by early kings, possibly as a residence, as Chelsea was a known meeting-place. What is beyond doubt is that by 1086 the Manor of Chelsea was owned by the Earl of Salisbury and Kensington by Aubrey de Vere.



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