Berkshire Place Names

Ever wondered why our towns and villages are named as they are? Who named them and why? Why would a river name mean ‘to turn aside’? Were cooks really living at Cookham? Was Wargrave known as the burial place for soldiers? And why would a river name mean ‘hills’? Within these pages author Anthony Poulton-Smith examines the origins of the place names with which we are otherwise so familiar. Towns, villages, districts, hills, streams, woods,...

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Herefordshire Place Names

The author explores more than two thousand years of Herefordshire history through the origins, derivations and meanings of place names. Saxon settlements, Celtic rivers, Roman roads and even Norman French landlords have all contributed to the names with which we are so familiar. Not only are the basic names discussed but also districts, hills, streams, fields, roads, lanes, streets.

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East Sussex Place Names

Anthony Poulton-Smith examines the origins of the place names with which we are otherwise so familiar. Towns, villages, districts, streams, woods, farms, streets and even pubs are examined and explained.

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Ley Lines Across the Midlands

Some maintain that ley lines are the result of some "earth force," others that they are the earliest routes marked out across the land. In his new book Anthony Poulton-Smith examines the origins and meanings of these ancient trackways, tracing them on foot and taking in markers that have been in existence for millennia to travel in a straight line from Shropshire and Gloucestershire in the west to Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire in the...

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South Devon Place Names

Ever wondered why our towns and villages are so named? Were they a deliberate creation by our ancestors or did they evolve naturally over time? Which river was named from the blackberries which grow there? Why would a rock be called the Pig's Nose? What links beer and cathedrals? Why is Mincing Lake not a lake but a river? And just who were Peter and Mary Tavy? In these pages we examine the origins of the names with which we are otherwise so...

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