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Place-names in the Landscape [Hardcover]

Margaret Gelling
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1 Jun 1984
In this text, the author presents details of her research on the way in which numerous place-names are strongly rooted in the physical features of the land. Using a thematic approach, she describes how varied physical characteristics, such as hills and valleys, trees and forests, marshes, moors, springs and lakes have shaped place-names and establishes a general picture of a people in possession of a vast and topographical vocabulary.
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  • Hardcover: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd; 1st Edition edition (1 Jun 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0460043803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0460043809
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 826,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Margaret Gelling has been engaged in place-name research since 1946 when she was appointed research assistant to the English Place-Name Society. She is now president of the English Place-Name Society. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars As expected and known 30 Oct 2013
By Jed
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Margaret Gelling's work is well-known in PN study therefore the book is what I expected and what I wanted. The book condition was fair but not annotated, something I do not appreciate unless I've done it myself! Anyone who studies PNs and has Gelling's Sign Posts to the Past needs this book to complement that one and other works on the subject.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Place names in the Landscape is a fascinating book, giving useful insights into how places were named in times of antiquity. Discover what your local places were in Viking times, or even earlier. For anyone who is interested in local history, this book is a must!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 30 May 2014
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Written by the country's leading expert on English place names, the late Margaret Gelling, this book must be one of the best I have read on the subject. While it covers fewer place name elements than AH Smith's EPNS volumes, it does discuss all of the most common ones (and several less common elements as well), describing, in detail, their relationship to local topography, land use and (where relevent) administration. It goes without saying that the book is based upon many years of thorough research. It is also very well written and, consequently, easy to read - even for amateur local historians like me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it would be. 2 Nov 2009
A hard read with loads of information but a bit of a trawl to get what you want. A bit to highly technical for my simple mind. Still, musn't complain, it sits on the front of the bookshelf and impresses visitors.
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