English Place-Name Society
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The English
Place-Name Society

The English Place-Name Society (EPNS) was established in 1923 to conduct a county-by-county survey of the place-names of England. The first county survey of Buckinghamshire appeared in 1925.

To date, the Survey has produced 90 volumes, the most recent being The Place-Names of Leicestershire Part VI, published in 2014. Almost all English counties have been surveyed at least in part and work to complete the Survey is ongoing.

The Survey is used by researchers, academics, and those interested in the origins, meaning, and significance of English place-names.





The Society always welcomes new members, both personal and institutional.

In return for the annual subscription, full members receive free of charge the current issue of the Journal as well as the volume of the Survey allocated to that year's subscription. They are entitled to a concessionary price on any other available volume of the Survey.

Associate members receive the Journal, and have some options on the Survey volumes.

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Journal 46 published

The 46th volume of the Journal of the English Place-Name Society is now available, and has been distributed to EPNS members. It contains peer-reviewed articles and reviews of publications which may be of interest to the society's members.

Norfolk Slip Collection Report

Thanks to the kind support of Jim and Mary Ann Wilkes we have been able to undertake research to investigate if the collection of material in the library of the English Place-Name Society relating to Norfolk will support the writing-up of a dictionary of Norfolk place-names. This generous donation has enabled Ellen Fisher to spend a month working through the archive, assessing its scope and coverage, under the supervision of Dr Paul Cavill, and we are delighted to be able to report on the results.

EPNS Council and Editors' Meetings

On 23rd March 2016, the Institute for Name-Studies hosted the spring meetings of the Council and Editors of the English Place-Name Society.
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For subscription, membership and general enquiries, please contact:

Mrs Christine Hickling
School of English
The University of Nottingham

Tel: 0115 951 5919

Email: Email

Professor Judith Jesch

Honorary Secretary: 
Dr Jayne Carroll


English Place-Name Society

The University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5919
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5924
email: name-studies@nottingham.ac.uk