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The Book of English Place Names: How Our Towns and Villages Got Their Names [Kindle Edition]

Caroline Taggart
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Take a journey down winding lanes and Roman roads in this witty and informative guide to the meanings behind the names of England's towns and villages. From Celtic farmers to Norman conquerors, right up to the Industrial Revolution, deciphering our place names reveals how generations of our ancestors lived, worked, travelled and worshipped, and how their influence has shaped our landscape.

From the most ancient sacred sites to towns that take their names from stories of giants and knights, learn how Roman garrisons became our great cities, and discover how a meeting of the roads could become a thriving market town. Region by region, Caroline Taggart uncovers hidden meanings to reveal a patchwork of tall tales and ancient legends that collectively tells the story of how we made England.

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"Will enliven a journey through even the dullest parts of the country." (Lonely Planet)

"Taggart has researched hidden meanings to reveal a patchwork of tall tales and legends that reveal the history of England's often oddly named towns and villages...If you want to know your wick from your ham and your ton from your bury, this quirky little hardback is worth picking up." (Manchester Evening News)

"Caroline Taggart...has carved out a niche for herself in user-friendly, wittily-written factual books." (Yorkshire Post)

Book Description

An entertaining guide to the wonderful stories and interesting facts behind the names of England's towns and villages

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 944 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (8 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00546D8KY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Caroline Taggart worked in publishing as an editor of popular non-fiction for 30 years before being asked by Michael O'Mara Books to write I USED TO KNOW THAT, which became a Sunday Times bestseller. Following that she co-wrote MY GRAMMAR AND I (OR SHOULD THAT BE 'ME'?) As a result of these books and HER LADYSHIP'S GUIDE TO THE QUEEN'S ENGLISH, published by the National Trust, she has appeared frequently on BBC Breakfast and on national and regional radio, talking about language, grammar and Pythagoras's theorem. Her recent books include THE BOOK OF ENGLISH PLACE NAMES and THE BOOK OF LONDON PLACE NAMES, both published by Ebury Press, and A SLICE OF BRITAIN: AROUND THE COUNTRY BY CAKE from AA Publishing. The Sunday Times described this as 'engaging, greedy and droll'. As a result of this latest project she is visiting food and literary festivals around the country, talking about cake. Her website is carolinetaggart.co.uk and you can follow her on Twitter @citaggart.

Praise for Caroline Taggart's books:
- "Caroline Taggart...has carved out a niche for herself in user-friendly, wittily written factual books" - Yorkshire Post
- "Taggart's conversational style is well judged, and her research superb." londonist.com
- "fun and witty" - Essentials
- "a fascinating read and you might even learn a few things you missed out on first time around" - Townswoman Magazine
- "a fascinating book" - She Magazine
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Accessible intro to the subject 23 Jun. 2011
By Duncan
Format:Hardcover
Don't buy this if you're looking for a comprehensive guide to the etymology of English placenames, but it's a brightly written introduction to the subject. Taggart takes a pretty arbitrary selection from different parts of the country and sketches out some of the more common occurences and gives a little history here, an amusing anecdote there. As a resident of the city of the followers of a dark-age cheiftan called 'Snot', I'd recommend this for a casually interested reader or beginner.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take a journey into England's past 12 Oct. 2011
Format:Hardcover
Take a journey into England's past in this county-by-county guide to the meanings behind the names of our towns and villages. Caroline shows how deciphering place names reveals how generations of our ancestors lived, worked, travelled and worshipped, from Viking invaders and Norman conquerors right up to the Industrial Revolution; and why so many place names have tall tales and ancient legends attached to them. Whether it is Indian Queens (was it really visited by Pocahontas?), Sixpenny Handley (not named after its perceived value), Gatwick which means `farm where goats are kept ("not any more, it's not," comments Caroline), Good Easter or Westward Ho! (the only place name in Britain that ends in an exclamation mark), Caroline uncovers many interesting and informative meanings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of English Place Names. 5 Dec. 2011
Format:Hardcover
Informative and interesting. Quite a history lesson in the origins of the place names! Great fun looking up places of special interest or just looking at random.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, Interesting. 20 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love this book. Bought it on hard copy then downloaded a copy to my kindle. I refer to it regularly. Engrossing subject, extremely well written. Love Caroline Taggart's humourous writing style. Makes a fascinating subject even more enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glad I've got it 6 Nov. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's okay, but very selective in what places are mentioned. I would have expected more places to be included, but I'm still glad I've got it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English place names 18 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Reviews indicated this was an introduction and rather elementary. As such it suits me well. Amusing, well-written and adequately informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 20 Jan. 2014
By Suze
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Some useful info in here and great for reference purposes. Some place names could have done with a bit more detail
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant Book 20 Sept. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Does the job what i needed it for - so informative and very easy to read & follow the information
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