Novia

AttestedNovia in RC's tour of important harbour estuaries

Where:  Most likely to be Ptolemy's Καινος Λιμην ‘new harbour’, which was probably on the river Ouse, with the Roman-era port some way inland from Newhaven, close to modern Lewes, near TQ423095, or possibly at Bridge Farm, Wellingham, TQ43301440.

Name Origin:  From Latin novus ‘new’ (which also shows up in Noviomagus, Chichester) or else it might be a version of *navis ‘river.

Notes:  Other candidates along the south coast include Pulborough on the river Adur, Pagham harbour, and Chichester harbour, leading to Fishbourne Roman Palace.

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Last Edited: 19 September 2016