Not only that but the railway company pretty much bought all the land in Surbiton and *then* built the railway. It was essentially self funding.bluebellnutter wrote: ↑Thu May 16, 2019 9:12 amThe people of Kingston fought tooth and nail to prevent the London & Southampton railway running through their town in the 1840s, meaning the line had to be rerouted through a small nearby village named "Surbiton". I'm not saying it worked out well for Surbiton but the word "suburb" came from it...
'Surbiton' came from suburb, not the other way round.Oxford Etymological Dictionary wrote: suburb (n.)
early 14c., "area outside a town or city," whether agricultural or residential but most frequently residential, from Old French suburbe "suburb of a town," from Latin suburbium "an outlying part of a city" (especially Rome), from sub "below, near" (see sub-) + urbs (genitive urbis) "city" (see urban). Glossed in Old English as underburg. Just beyond the reach of municipal jurisdiction, suburbs had a bad reputation in 17c. England, especially those of London, and suburban had a sense of "inferior, debased, licentious" (as in suburban sinner, slang for "loose woman, prostitute"). By 1817, the tinge had shifted to "of inferior manners and narrow views." Compare also French equivalent faubourg.
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