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The Cambridge dictionary of English place-names - based on the collections of the English Place-Name Society
V. E. Watts
Cambridge University Press
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Originally 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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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comprehensive, scholarly, single volume dictionary of English place-names … impressive … very unlikely that it will be superseded very soon … essential for all medium-sized libraries.'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

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Names, Geographical - England.|English language - Etymology - Names.|England - History, Local.|England - Gazetteers.
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