Directional. Named after the ancient village of Erith that was first recorded as Earhyð in AD695, meaning a gravelly or muddy landing place from the Anglo-Saxon words ēar and hȳth. By the time of the Domesday survey of 1086 it had become Erhede. Historian Edward Hasted, writing in The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent suggests that the name is derived of the Saxon word, ærre-bythe; that is, the old haven.
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