A Dictionary of London Place-names (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199566785

A.D. Mills
352 Pages
128 x 196 mm
Pub date
Mar 2010
Oxford Quick Reference
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  • Over 1,700 entries uncover the meanings behind the names of places, streets, and areas in the English capital
  • Fascinating introduction describes the chronology and formation of London place-names and their importance to England's cultural heritage
  • Glossary of the elements found in London place-names, for example 'bury', 'ford', and 'worth'
  • Includes maps of the 32 London Boroughs as well as a select bibliography
  • Appendix of recommended web links, accessed and kept up to date via A Dictionary of London Place-Names companion website

New to this Edition:

  • Over 80 new entries, including Marshalsea Road, Gower Street, Pokeridden Wood, Stew Lane, and Tavistock Square
  • Existing entries have been revised where necessary
  • Virtual thumb tabs for quick reference
  • Appendix of recommended web links, accessed and kept up to date via the Dictionary of London Place-Names companion website

Have you ever wondered where the unusual names of Elephant and Castle, Grim's Ditch, Soho, and World's End come from? Find out the linguistic and historical origins of these place-names and discover their significance in recording English cultural heritage. From Abbey Road to Canary Wharf and Piccadilly to Whipps Cross, this authoritative and absorbing dictionary covers the meanings behind over 1,700 names of places, streets, stations, and areas of London.
The book comprises two main parts: a fascinating introduction, discussing the chronology and structure of London place-names following the development of the city from pre-Celtic times to the present day; and an A-Z of the place-names themselves, giving their date of first record, origins, and associations. It also features 9 maps of London, a useful glossary of the elements in London place-names, a select bibliography, and recommended web links.
Now revised and updated to include the latest in names research and to include new place-names, this remains an excellent reference guide for local historians and a captivating read for both Londoners and visitors to the city.


The Greater London Boroughs
Dictionary of London Place-Names
Glossary of the Elements Found in London Place-Names
Select Bibliography
Recommended Web Links

About the author: 

A. D. Mills, Emeritus Reader in English, University of London, and member of the Council of the English Place-Name Society and of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland.

The entries are models of their kind... engagingly and lucidly written... a treasure trove of rare delights - Nomina

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