• mutt posted an update 5 months ago

    In my area of Sussex there was a long history of iron extraction, and also marl dating right back to the Roman times and up to the Industrial Revolution. There is lots of evidence of these old pits and workings in the woods where they have not been disturbed by agriculture. This history is reflected in many place names particularly Marl Pit Woods, Furnace Lane, Furnace Woods etc.

    Yesterday I came across a new one – Ludpit Lane.

    Does anyone know what Lud is/was?

    Can’t find anything on Google.

    • Ali replied 5 months ago

      Is there a possible link to this?


    • Is the word a derivation of “lode”?

      • mutt replied 5 months ago

        Ah! That looks very likely.


        The Industrial South East! It seems to have peaked during the Napoleonic Wars when the heavily wooded areas we know today were completely stripped of trees to provide timber for shipbuilding, and charcoal for the furnaces that smelted the iron used in ships, gun and weapon manufacture. Some of Turner’s paintings of the Sussex give a glimpse of a bare almost desert like landscape covered by smelter furnaces.

    • Luke replied 5 months ago

      Lud is sometimes a derivation of Lludd or King Lud legendary founder of London and from which Ludsgate is derived.


      Though as the area was concerned with the iron industry “lode” may be a better derivation