R. G. Roberts suggests that the Ore (Ofēr in Old English) portion of the name implies bank (as in river/stream) or shore.. It is possible 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.
- Place Names of Sussex (R. G. Roberts M.A.) 1914 ISBN: 9781107607743