Named after Hengist, who along with his brother Horsa, is said to have led the Angles, Saxons and Jutes in their invasion of Britain in the 5thCentury. Hengist is often cited as the first of the Jutish kings of Kent. Like a few of the roads in the area this is a reference to one of the ancient peoples who inhabited the land, inspired by the Roman camp, traces of which were found in the grounds of a house called Romanhurst, off today’s Kingswood Road. The camp’s remains were a feature of maps until 1890 leading to streets being named with a Celtic and Roman theme.
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