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on 1 April 2010
I have been fascinated by London's history for years, and saw this revised edition on the shelf of a large bookseller in London. After flicking through the pages for a matter of seconds, I took it straight to the counter for purchasing!

It's detailed, meticulously researched and every page will surprise you. In addition to the main part of the book covering the 1,700 place names selected for study, there is also a comprehensive introduction to etymology and more specifically the main phases and factors in relation to London's place-name development, which hugely compliments the rest of the book.

Don't listen to the 1-star reviewer. Whether you're just visiting or live in London, buy it. You'll not be disappointed.
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on 3 March 2001
This is a brilliant book. You don't have to read dictionaries or have a fixation about why where you live is called what it is to enjoy this book, but simply by flicking through its absorbing pages the richness and diversity of the areas you travel to/through/under/round every day become infinitely more interesting. This does, of course, preclude those not resident in London but you can visit - and you'll have heard of most entries. David Mills was interviewed on the radio recently and to add to the enjoyment his enthusiasm and passion for what is clearly a joy (even if it is his job) was extremely clear. The level of research seems almost absolute and there is very little of the usual place-naming resignation of 'named after a bloke called....' or 'another name for a river...' when you know the author has given up. You may get these reasons, but the difference is you believe Mr Mills. This is an excellent book and I defy anyone not to loose an hour on the tube with their head stuck in it then bursting to tell anyone who will listen that they really did used to sell cheese, and a lot of it, in Chiswick. Essential.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 April 2011
Unlike many towns where streets are re-named as they are developed, London seems to have retained many names that can date back hundreds of years. Thus Ludgate Hill can trace its name to 1170, meaning 'back gate' and relating to a western gateway to the City originally built in 200 AD by the Romans. Or Honey Lane (Cheapside) has maintained the same name from 1200' once where the beekeepers lived. The meaning's obvious but so fascinating to know that it's an ancient name rather than a recent one. Cannon St has nothing to do with weapons but was site of candlemakers back in 1100s. Great for browsing
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on 7 May 2012
Bought this for my daughter who lives in London and for me as I visit the city a lot. This is a useful book to have to compliment history books about London, or to learn about places visited and how they got their names. Easy to use with the right amount of detail.
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on 30 March 2012
If you love London ,you will love this book .If you have ever puzzled over the "story behind the name" ,this book is for you .Thanks again to Amazon for your prompt,efficient service .
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on 20 July 2011
A fascinating insight into names that you see every day and never give a thought. Helps to make you more aware of what is around you.
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on 19 April 2012
this book is full of interesting facts about london. A great read for those people who have a an interest in the history of london.
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on 2 November 2015
Really good. Ideal present for the person who has everything
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on 25 September 2015
Very interesting reading - some surprising history too
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on 4 August 2014
A good read and reference book.
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