A Dictionary of British Place-Names

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OUP Oxford, Oct 9, 2003 - Reference - 576 pages
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Over 15,000 A-Z entries covering England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, make this the most comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of British place names available. From Abbas Combe to Zennor, it gives the meaning and origin of names of counties, towns, and villages, tracing their development from earliest times to the present day. Invaluable for anyone finding out about a local area, lexicographers and local historians alike will be fascinated by what these place-names reveal. The dictionary features an in-depth introductory essay which discusses the chronology and development of British place-names, different types of formation, and sections focusing on Irish, Welsh, and Scottish place-names. It also includes an extensive bibliography for further research, maps of Britain showing old and new boundaries, and provides a Glossary of common elements in place-names. This critically acclaimed dictionary has been described as 'an indispensable travellling companion' (Landscape History), and 'another volume for every local historian's bookshelf' (Local Historian).

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DEAR SIR OR MADAM: British place-names? Why not retitle it British ISLES Place-names?
After all, Ireland is not on the island of Great Britain so how could it have British place-names?
with the ancient duchy of Cornwall. And does The Isle Of Man not get a look-in at all?
Even so, this is a book I just simply MUST have. By the way, if you refer to Britain or The Isle of Man or Ireland as The British Isles, someone in Ireland would be so upset he could give you a black eye!!
The Manx and the Irish do NOT like to be called British, simply because they are NOT British.
Now, what bookshop stocks this book? Can I order it online instead?

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A great reference for those who are writing novels set in England! Read full review

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