Lakenham – Name Origin

Following on from our walk which briefly went across Lakenham.

The Concise Oxford Dictionary comments on this town name:

Lakenham, Norfolk. Lakemham in Domesday Book, Lakeham in 1212, Lakenham 1247. Probably Laca’s Ham.

So this is Laca’s village, a similar derivative to Lakenheath, which is the landing place of Laca’s people. It may be that Laca was just a local leader, but it’s probably more of a ‘tribe’ of fen-dwellers. With very little change to the place name over the last 1,000 years.