From Historical Hastings


R. G. Roberts suggests that the Ore (Ofēr in Old English) portion of the name implies bank (as in river/stream) or shore, although there is a slight chance it could come from the iron-rich deposits in the area[1]. It is probable that Ore as we currently know it was actually originally further west than its current position. The evidence pointing to this includes Ore Place, the Ore Church and the fact that Elphinstone Road was originally known as Ore Lane. In this case the name is more likely derived from Anglo Saxon Oare or Orea; the flat shoulder of land at the end of a long ridge.


  1. Place Names of Sussex (R. G. Roberts M.A.) 1914 ISBN: 9781107607743