Name agreed for 1,000 Bexhill homes

Bovis Homes' proposal for Roundacre, part of the new development in north east Bexhill, to be known as Worsham.
Bovis Homes' proposal for Roundacre, part of the new development in north east Bexhill, to be known as Worsham.

The new name for the area where more than 1,000 homes will be built was decided by councillors at a cabinet meeting on Monday (September 7).

Worsham will be the name given to the major development on Worsham Farm in North East Bexhill after members of Rother District Council cabinet agreed unanimously.

Officers did recommend Wyrtlesham for its appropriateness and historical significance but cabinet members decided it was unsuitable as most people could not spell or pronounce it.

Instead cllr Gillian Johnson proposed Worsham as she said that is what it is known as locally and the name goes back to Queen Elizabeth I.

“We do like to use recognisable names and it is important that people know where it is and associate with it,” she said.

In a report to the cabinet, the county archaeologist said Wyrtlesham had been used as a name for the area in the Offa charter of 772.

It has also been called Wretlisham in 1262 and 1327, Wertlesham in 1279, 1296 and 1332, plus Wersham and Worseham 1595 and 1795.

Council leader Carl Maynard said it is important to pay due attention to the historical significance but most residents of Bexhill are familiar with Worsham and Wrystlesham has a slight West Country ring to it.

He also made the point that the occupants of the new development need to have a sense of community, which requires a name.

Councillor for St Michael’s ward Simon Elford agreed with Mr Maynard by saying everybody knows the area as Worsham Farm.

Cllr Ian Hollidge was also vocal about the proposed name and seconded the suggestion.

“We don’t call it Londinium anymore, we call it London,” he said.

Other names were suggested by councillors including Ramton, Bright Haven and Haven Meadows.

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