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Where Did Gatwick Get Its Name From?  
User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1182 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5003 times:

I was wondering where Gatwick Airport got its name from?

I know Heathrow, Stansted & Luton were named after the towns they are situated on/near, but what about Gatwick?

All I know is that it used to be a racecourse!

Can anyone help please?

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User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4989 times:

Quote:

The name "Gatwick" dates back to 1241, and was the name of a manor on the site of today's airport until the 19th century.

In 1891, a racecourse was created at Gatwick beside the London-Brighton railway.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Gatwick_Airport#History


User currently offlineTristarsteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 3999 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4974 times:

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):
Heathrow,

Heath Row was a village that was obliterated when Heathrow was built in 1944. My dad used to walk there when he lived nearby in the 1930s!


User currently offlineCalAir From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 298 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4772 times:

Its anglo saxon for "goat farm"


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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4663 times:

Quoting CalAir (Reply 3):
Its anglo saxon for "goat farm"

No change there then! Big grin  duck 

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days ago) and read 4444 times:

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 4):
No change there then!

 box   Wink



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