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The Book of English Place Names: How Our Towns and Villages Got Their Names Hardcover – 28 Apr 2011

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091940435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091940430
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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

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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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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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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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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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Informative tome but I was disappointed by the lack of small villages in this book.Perhaps there should be books moretoo a specific areas.
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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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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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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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