8herveg
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Where Did Gatwick Get Its Name From?

Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:28 pm

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?
 
RichardPrice
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RE: Where Did Gatwick Get Its Name From?

Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:38 pm

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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
 
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RE: Where Did Gatwick Get Its Name From?

Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:42 pm

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!
 
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RE: Where Did Gatwick Get Its Name From?

Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:27 pm

Its anglo saxon for "goat farm"
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RE: Where Did Gatwick Get Its Name From?

Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:49 am

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

No change there then! Big grin  duck 

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RE: Where Did Gatwick Get Its Name From?

Tue Oct 24, 2006 6:12 am

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

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