Name

Pagham-on-Sea

 
Type

Town

 
Description

Fictional town in East Sussex

 
Language

Majority language is Modern British English with some linguistic diversity from the [minority] BAME communities and [minority] European and Eastern European immigrants.

A minority also speak Old English almost as a 'living' language, using it for incantations, particularly protection rituals and spells.

The antiquated version of the local Sussex dialect is also spoken by some of the older locals like Beverley Wend, George Porter Letitia Porter and Richard Edwin Porter : http://www.sussexhistory.co.uk/sussex-dialect/sussex-dialect.html

 
Population

24,563

 
Currency

£GBP

Underground Vouchers

Barter system

 
Laws

UK laws apply, but Pagham-on-Sea has some interesting local council regulations that relate to its inhabitants not being all human.

 
Sports

Pagham-on-Sea has its own football, rugby and cricket clubs playing at various levels.

Eglantine Harris has broken up with Al Burton, prop forward for Pagham's rugby team.

 
Area

The Keep: over 1M records relating to East Sussex (historical, geographical): https://www.thekeep.info/places/eastsussex/

Mineral Resources Map for East Sussex: https://www.bgs.ac.uk/downloads/start.cfm?id=2594

Mineral Resources Report for East Sussex:
https://www.bgs.ac.uk/downloads/start.cfm?id=2593

Building Stone Atlas for Sussex: https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/Geoscientist/Books-Arts/Geoscientist-book-reviews-online/2018-Book-reviews-online/Cordiner-Atlas-Sussex

 
Crops

Ralph Hunderby and Tom Redditch are still farming their family's local farms.

The ground around Pagham-on-Sea became virulently fertile in the 19thC after the meddling of Sir Peter Sauvant and his agrarian secret society, the Neo-Eleusinians. Now, absolutely anything buried in the soil returns to life every spring, including all the corpses.

Hence the local saying: "Don't plant what you don't want to grow" or its more specific variant, "Don't put into the ground what you don't want to grow". https://cmrosens.com/2019/04/19/the-eleusinian-mysteries/

Farming history in East Sussex and the future of farming: http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/southeast/series3/farming_future_garden_of_england_kent_sussex.shtml

 
Located at

Pagham-on-Sea is located between Eastbourne and Bexhill, on the coast below the A-road. There is a fictional railway that connects it to both places, via Pagham Town station, while there is a high-speed express to London via Pagham Parkway station.

 
Founding Story

One theory is that Pagham-on-Sea was the Anglo-Saxon Eadham, as it appears in Domesday, presumably named after the local Anglo-Saxon thegn Eadfrith [Ead's ham/the village of Ead]. After 1096 the lord of this area was Pagan FitzPayn, and so it became known as Pagan's ham or Paganham.

However, an alternative theory has been posited by local historians who have questioned whether Eadham and Pagham-on-Sea are the same places.

They see the root as being entirely Anglo-Saxon, from pægela wine-vessel, a pail (Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary: http://bosworth.ff.cuni.cz/025114). Archaeological evidence suggests that there was an ironworks, forge and kiln in the area where the production of pails and wine-vessels, such as cups for sacramental wine, may have been taken place. They posit that the original pronunciation of the town was "Paylam", but this slipped into the hyper-corrected "Pagham".

Others note that the thirteenth-century village of Pagham on the West Sussex coast, a much smaller settlement, may owe its name to Pagham-on-Sea, but it is more likely that the two settlements came by the same name through different etymological means which are completely coincidental.

 

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