The Origins of Codicote

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So where does the name Codicote come from, and when did the village first appear?

Prehistory?  No significant traces.  Roman?  Hertfordshire has plenty of Roman remains … but not Codicote.

It seems that Codicote first appeared in Saxon times, around 800 CE.  ‘Cote’ is Old English for ‘small house’ (as in ‘Cottage’).  ‘Codi’ is probably derived from a person’s name.  Put them together and Codicote means: ‘the place belonging to a man named Cudda’.

Over time, a scattering of hamlets and farms developed as 2 manors, ‘Codicote’ and ‘Oxwiche’, which merged shortly before the Norman Conquest.  And the rest is history …
 

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