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A History of English Place Names and Where They Came From (Paperback)

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By John Moss
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 408
Illustrations: 9 black and white maps
ISBN: 9781526722843
Published: 30th May 2020


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The origin of the names of many English towns, hamlets and villages date as far back as Saxon times, when kings like Alfred the Great established fortified borough towns to defend against the Danes. A number of settlements were established and named by French Normans following the Conquest. Many are even older and are derived from Roman placenames. Some hark back to the Vikings who invaded our shores and established settlements in the eighth and ninth centuries.

Most began as simple descriptions of the location; some identified its founder, marked territorial limits, or gave tribal people a sense of their place in the grand scheme of things. Whatever their derivation, placenames are inextricably bound up in our history and they tell us a great deal about the place where we live.

John Moss explores the origins of English town names, from the Viking era through to the Middle Ages

Family Tree online, 18th February 2020

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Talk Radio Europe interview with John Moss and presenter Dave Hodgson

About John Moss

John Moss studied Fine Arts and English in Wolverhampton and Manchester Art Schools, before taking early retirement after teaching and lecturing in Art & Design. He founded a Graphic Design company in 1997. Retired at last, he began writing: a science fiction trilogy in 2013, and now his first foray into historical non-fiction.

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