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    DescriptionOriginally published in 2004, this alphabetical dictionary is a major reference work, based on the archives of the English Place-Name Society and reflecting the scholarship in the subject, of all the names of cities, towns, villages, hamlets, rivers, streams, hills and other geographical locations included in the Ordnance Survey Road Atlas of Great Britain (1983). It provides a reflection of contemporary England, not just its historical past. Every place-name entry has a unique National Grid reference number, a list of historical spellings, the age and meaning of the name and its etymology (pre-Indo-European, Indo-European, Celtic, Primitive Welsh, Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, Old French, Middle English, Modern English). Where appropriate, a commentary is provided on comparable names, on the problems, history and significance of the name for settlement, economic and social history, the development of the language and on its variant pronunciations and spellings.

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    The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-names
    Based on the Collections of the English Place-name Society
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Victor Watts, Associate editor John Insley, Associate editor Margaret Gelling
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 778
    Width: 189 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 39 mm
    Weight: 1,370 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521168557
    ISBN 10: 0521168554

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    BISAC V2.8: HIS052000
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    DC22: 914.20014
    Abridged Dewey: 911
    DC22: 914.2003
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    Illustrations note
    12 maps
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    Publication date
    02 March 2011
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    Author Information
    Victor Watts is Master of Grey College and Dean of Colleges, Durham University. He is the Honorary Director of the English Place-Name Society and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. In addition to many articles and reviews on place-names, he has written Book 17 De herbis et plantis in On the Properties of Things: John Trevisa's Translation of Bartholomaeus Anglicus De Rerum Naturae (1975), and translated Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy (1969/1999).
    Review quote
    Review of the hardback: '... a captivating resource for those of us simply curious about the oddities of English place-names ... This catalogue of place-names will make an essential tool for anyone seriously involved in the cartography or topography of the British Isles ... It is a project that is dizzying in scale, and manages the rare trick of being a useful commercial resource, an unimpeachable scholarly reference and a source of great pleasure for the curious.' Rare Book Review Review of the hardback: 'This is the first comprehensive, scholarly, single volume dictionary of English place-names ... impressive ... very unlikely that it will be superseded very soon ... essential for all medium-sized libraries.' Reference Reviews Review of the hardback: 'The Dictionary is a reliable and comprehensive fund of place-name data and there is much here to provide the interested reader not only with information but with many stimulating ideas.' Landscape History
    Table of contents
    Preface; Guide to dictionary entries; List of abbreviations; Glossary of most frequently used elements; Distribution maps; References; Places-names.