History of Woking

History Of Woking

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Woking means "(settlement belonging to the) followers of Wocc (or 'Wocca')".Ekwall, E., The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names, 4th edn., Oxford University Press, 1960, p. 529. Over time, the name has been written variously as, for example, Wochingas, and Wokynge.

Pre-1800

Anglo-Saxon and Norman Woking

Woking appears in written materials which, though created in the 12th century at Peterborough Abbey, formerly known as Medeshamstede, reliably describe earlier events.See e.g. Stenton, F.M., 'Medeshamstede and its Colonies', in Stenton, D.M. (ed.), Preparatory to Anglo-Saxon England Being the Collected Papers of Frank Merry Stenton, Oxford University Press, 1970, and Blair, J., 'Frithuwold's kingdom and the origins of Surrey', in Bassett, S. (ed.), The Origins of Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms, Leicester University Press, 1989. The earliest of these is the grant by Pope Constantine (708-715) of privileges to a monastery at Wochingas.Birch, W. de Grey, Cartularium Saxonicum, 3 vols., London, 1885-93, no.133. Later in the 8th century a charter of King Offa of Mercia granted further privileges, freeing this church from numerous standard liabilities. British Academy ASChart Project. Retrieved on May 20, 2008. This charter is paraphrased in a 12th century interpolation to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle's entry for 777 AD, also written at Peterborough:



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