Haling Down Passage, CR2

Place Name

Early spellings of the local area have it as Hallinges in 1200 suggesting this may be the Healla’s village but John Field in Place-Names of Greater London says it could also mean a “slope by a hall”. In either case, the local area of Haling Park, saw the second part added much later. A D Mills in a Dictionary of London Place Names suggests that it may be a manorial name after a family who came from Halling, in Kent, which takes its name from the Old English meaning Heall’s People. Other spellings include Halinge in 1202, Haling in 1251 and Halynke sometime around the early 14thCentury.

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