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.

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Last Edited: 9 June 2016