A Dictionary of British Place-names

A Dictionary of British Place-names

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This revised edition of the Dictionary of British Place-Names includes over 17,000 engaging and informative entries, tracing the development of the featured place-names from earliest times to the present day. Included place-names range from the familiar to the obscure, among them 'Beer', 'Findlater', 'Broadbottom', and 'Great Snoring'. The A to Z entries are complemented by a detailed introductory essay discussing the chronology and development of English, Irish, Welsh, and Scottish place-names, as well as an extensive bibliography, maps of Britain showing old and new boundaries, and a glossary of common elements in place-names. Also new to this edition is an appendix of recommended web links pointing to relevant online resources, thereby expanding the scope of the dictionary and providing the reader with an opportunity to explore the subject further. Both accessible and up to date, this dictionary is an ideal companion for anybody travelling around the British Isles, as well as for researchers and students with an interest in toponomy, local history, cartography, and lexicography.

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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 36mm | 421.84g
  • Oxford University Press
  • OxfordUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 5 maps
  • 019960908X
  • 9780199609086
  • 216,603

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David Mills is Emeritus Reader in English, University of London, and a member of the Council of the English Place Name Society and of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and in Ireland. Other publications include A Dictionary of London Place-Names (Oxford University Press, 2010), Place-Names of the Isle of Wight: Their Origins and Meanings (Paul Watkins Publishing, 1996), and The Place-Names of Dorset (English Place-Name Society, 4 volumes 1977-2010).

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This is a book so meticulously and scruplously compiled that it deserves not only a salutation, then, but scrutiny. And everyone who lives in this country and is curious about it should have it on a shelf, ready to take with them before going for a long, curious walk. Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian Just the (almost) pocket-size reference manual you need to find out the true meaning of your home town or village. Suffolk & Norfolk Life

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