Attested: AI iter 2 Vagniacis
Where: Roman settlement at Springhead, Kent, at TQ 61747246 where Watling Street crossed the head of the river Ebbsfleet.
Name Origin: ‘Marshy place’, from PIE *wegh- ‘to go’, which led to OE wagian ‘to wag, to move back and forwards’. Hence the sense ‘quaking bog’, which Ekwall (1964) recognised in Domesday Book’s Wagene, now Wawne near Hull.
Notes: A parallel name exists not far away in the little river Quaggy through Greenwich and Lewisham.
Last Edited: 9 June 2016