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Hilder's Cliff

Hilder's Cliff in Rye, East Sussex

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Keith Hilder
17 Sep 2011

Hi, according to cencus, "Hilda" was also used as surname way back in Sussex, check church records?
Keith Hilder

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Richard Hilder
2 Aug 2007

Having only just found your query, it is probable that it was answered long ago!

We are not sure of the precise history of the name "Hilder's Cliff" but it is certain that it was named after some significant event concerning a member of the Hilder family - maybe the local Rye town historian (at the Council, Museum or other Records Office) can give a definitive answer.

To you 2nd question, we can state that the name "Hilder" is a well-known and lomng established family name/Surname in East Sussex. We have numerous records on our family tree of members of the Hilder family going back over 500 years. Amongst those thereon, there were several branches of the family living in Rye over a period of some 200 years or so, although most of the family were based further west in the County.

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John Pelham
10 May 2004

Can anyone tell me:
1. the origin of the name 'Hilder's Cliff' (nr the Landgate in Rye) and
2. whether 'Hilder' was ever used as a forename or a surname.
Thank you

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