To begin with we need to look at the evidence of the Saxon landings, which is mostly derived from the
'Anglo Saxon Chronicles' a collection of annals in Old English chronicling the history of the Anglo-Saxons
which was created late in the 9th century, probably in Wessex, during the reign of Alfred the Great.
Multiple copies were made of that original which were distributed to monasteries across England, where
they were independently updated, nine copies are still in existance.
Secondly we need to look at the land and its shape, as this defines when and where the Saxons landed, settled and lived,
and in turn what they did with the land around. The Romans called a great forest that stretched from near Ashford to
Hampshire, aproximately 30 miles across as Silva-Anderida the saxons knew it as Andredesleage and later Andredesweald,
this was thought of as impassible, however let us see.
We also need to look at the Roman infrastructure as this was still much in evidence when the Saxons invaded as most
of the Roman roads, villas, mines and farms would still be in regular use by the local inhabitants of the South East.
The majority of the earliest recorded place names in England were written by French Monks writing in Latin from the spoken word
and scribed into the Domesday Book of AD1086. This potentially provides a multitude of spelling variations for names as local
pronunciations and dialects may not have been easy to understand or phonetically easy to translate into Latin by the monks.
Finally we believe that Saxon village names actually describe what the village did or where it was, rather than the usual
belief that the names were personal names describing who owned areas.