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The Book of English Place Names: How Our Towns and Villages Got Their Names

The Book of English Place Names: How Our Towns and Villages Got Their Names

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By (author) Caroline Taggart

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  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 204mm x 32mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 9 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0091940435
  • ISBN 13: 9780091940430
  • Sales rank: 82,740

Product description

Take a journey down winding lanes and Roman roads in this witty and informative guide to the meanings behind the names of England's towns and villages. From Celtic farmers to Norman conquerors, right up to the Industrial Revolution, deciphering our place names reveals how generations of our ancestors lived, worked, travelled and worshipped, and how their influence has shaped our landscape. From the most ancient sacred sites to towns that take their names from stories of giants and knights, learn how Roman garrisons became our great cities, and discover how a meeting of the roads could become a thriving market town. Region by region, Caroline Taggart uncovers hidden meanings to reveal a patchwork of tall tales and ancient legends that collectively tells the story of how we made England.

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Caroline Taggart worked in publishing as an editor of popular non-fiction for 30 years before being asked to write I Used to Know That, which became a Sunday Times bestseller. Her later books include My Grammar and I (or should that be 'Me'?) and Her Ladyship's Guide to the Queen's English. As a result, she has appeared frequently on BBC Breakfast and on national and regional radio, talking about language, grammar and Pythagoras' theorem. With her editorial hat on, she also visits writers' conferences around the country, advising would-be authors on how to get published and learning what their place names mean.

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"Will enliven a journey through even the dullest parts of the country." Lonely Planet "Taggart has researched hidden meanings to reveal a patchwork of tall tales and legends that reveal the history of England's often oddly named towns and villages...If you want to know your wick from your ham and your ton from your bury, this quirky little hardback is worth picking up." Manchester Evening News "Caroline Taggart...has carved out a niche for herself in user-friendly, wittily-written factual books." Yorkshire Post

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Do you know your ham from your ton? Your wick from your bury? Who founded your town, conquering Romans or ancient Celts? The Book of English Place Names is a witty and informative guide to the meanings behind the names of England’s towns and villages. From ancient legends of giants and knights, mysterious sacred sites, and powerful rulers whose names are still enshrined in the places they ruled, discover the rich history behind our place names. Starting with scattered Celtic tribes, through to Norman conquerors, and right up to the Industrial Revolution, learn how generations of our ancestors lived, worked, travelled and worshipped. Region by region, Caroline Taggart uncovers hidden meanings that, together, tell the fascinating story of how we made England.