(Berks) is Silicis castrum (flint camp), a Saxon-Latin form of
the Roman Calleva or Galleva. Galleva is the Roman form of the British Gwal Vawr (great wall), so called from its wall, the ruins of which
are still striking. Leland says, “On that wall grow some oaks of ten
cart-load the piece.” According to tradition King Arthur was crowned
here; and Ninnius asserts that the city was built by Constantius,
father of Constantine the Great.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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