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A useful reference work,
This review is from: A Dictionary of English Place-names (Oxford Paperback Reference) (Paperback)
My interest in this volume was as a reference work for historical research. The introduction explains about the diverse origins of English place names (and it is only England the book covers, not Wales and Scotland) explaining their Celtic, Old English or Scandinavian origins. It deals with the way placenames developed from either the people who settled or lived in the area, the function the place performed or the topographical feature which may have given the place its name.
The main body of the book also has useful county maps pre 1974 and after 1974 but although it has many entries, very small hamlets or villages may not have a mention. The book ends with a glossary of the parts of English placenames and, as one would expect, a useful guide to further reading. It could help to build up a good picture of the historical origins of a locality.
Although this edition is a 1997 reprint it represents, for the general reader, a very good value reference work at modest cost. It would be of interest to researchers into family and local history especially.