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Sydenham Intake, County Down

Origin

Sydenham (borrowed name) + Eng. intake (reclaimed land)

Background

Sydenham is an imported name, originally referring to a district of Lewisham in Greater London. The name derives from the Old English (O.E.) personal name Cippa + O.E. ham ''homestead'', thus ''Cippa''s homestead'', though it is much altered in its modern form.  In 1206 it was Chipeham (Watts, V. (2004): The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names). Our Sydenham in Co. Down is built on land reclaimed from Belfast Lough.  The Oxford English Dictionary records the use of intake in Northern England to denote 'land reclaimed from moor etc.' and it is used similarly in Ulster place-names, but also for lands reclaimed from the sea or lakes, cf. Ballymacarret Intake. 

References

McKay, P. (1999): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names; additions: P. Tempan, 2012.

Additional Information

shown on the Belfast City LGD map and current townland outlines for the 1:50,000 map, but not listed in 1851 or 1961 townland index, as it consists of recently land reclaimed.

Historical name form

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Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
None
Parish in 1851
None
Townland
None
Place name ID
35220
Place name type
T