Dulwich Village, SE21

Place Name

Formerly known as the High Street it changed sometime before 1939. The name Dulwich comes from two Old English words meaning marshy land where dill grows. It was first recorded before the Norman Conquest as Dilwihs in an Anglo Saxon charter of AD967, when Edgar the Peaceful granted Dilwihs to a thane named Earl Aelfheah. The herb, Anethum graveolens, was used from Anglo-Saxon times for medicinal purposes and so would have been cultivated. In 1127 it was recorded as Dilwiche, Dilewisse in 1210 and Dulwyche in 1555.

 

 

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