The first study of English street names, will be welcomed by local historians, and metal detectorists' alike. It categorises the different types of street name for the first time and discusses them in detail. As well as discerning general patterns, over three and a half thousand individual street names are discussed, the emphasis throughout being on explaining the meanings of the names. The book begins with a detailed discussion of the different names for street, ranging from the ordinary (road, way, avenue, gate etc.,) to more localised and unusual names like rigg and drove. The names of Roman roads and ancient trackways (and modern long-distance walks) follow, and then eleven chapters, each discussing a specific category of medieval or modern names. Included here is a pioneer study of the names of bridges. The book concludes with a chapter of practical guidance on studying street names and detailed appendices on the frequencies of different names in London and Manchester. There is a full index. The study of the street names of a locality has-long been one of the most popular local history projects that can be carried out, and it is easily approachable at all levels of scholarship, but there has until now, never been a book to guide the student. This important work meets that need.
Format: 3000 examples given; 258 pages, Cloth hardback volume, Full colour dust cover.
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