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Besides the Survey of English Place‑Names, the EPNS publishes and distributes various other titles. These include the Your City's Place-Names series, the Popular Series, the Regional Series, the Supplementary Series, and Field-Name Studies, as well as a number of other publications.

EPNS publications can be ordered directly from us at the contact details below, or can be bought both new and used from our Amazon store.

Tel: 0115 9515919
Fax: 0115 951 5924
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Other Publications by The English Place-Name Society

The English Place‑Name Society publishes & distributes a range of books.

 
 

Recent releases

Your City’s Place-Names: Bristol

by Richard Coates (2017).Bristol cover

This is one of the first group of a new kind of book from the English Place-Name Society. It deals with the main place-names found on modern maps of some of England's largest towns and cities, and also includes some lost or forgotten older names which were once locally important.

The book covers the principal districts (officially or unofficially recognized), a few striking monuments and the largest open spaces in the City of Bristol and the rest of the Bristol conurbation. It also includes a fringe of the country beyond, from Severn Beach and Weston in Gordano to the west to Chipping Sodbury and Saltford in the east, and from Yate in the north to Stanton Drew and Bristol Airport in the south.

Your City’s Place-Names volume 1.

ISBN: 978 0 904889 96 3

219 pp. Paperback 240 x 155 mm.

Price by direct order: £11 to members, £14 to non-members.


Your City’s Place-Names: Brighton and Hove, with Shoreham and Newhaven

Brighton and Hove cov

by Richard Coates (2017).

This book covers the principal districts (officially or unofficially recognized), some striking monuments and the largest open spaces of the City of Brighton and Hove and the rest of the coastal Brighton conurbation. A few other names outside of but very close to the city boundary, and important to the city or conurbation, are included.

Your City’s Place-Names volume 2.

ISBN: 978 0 904889 97 0

118 pp. Paperback 240 x 155 mm.

Price by direct order: £11 to members, £14 to non-members.


Your City’s Place-Names: Leeds

by Harry Parkin (2017).Leeds cover

This book covers the principal districts (officially or unofficially recognized), some well-known buildings, features, and street-names, and the largest open spaces in the City of Leeds. For the purposes of this dictionary, the “City of Leeds” is defined by the Leeds metropolitan district area, though a few names outside but very close to this zone are also included. The metropolitan area of Leeds is one of the largest government districts in England, and so this dictionary covers a relatively large area, including places such as Wetherby, which is approximately 10 miles north-east of Leeds city centre.

Your City’s Place-Names volume 3.

ISBN: 978 0 904889 95 5

122 pp. Paperback 240 x 155 mm.

Price by direct order: £11 to members, £14 to non-members.


A Dictionary of Suffolk Place‑Names

Suffolk-smallby Keith Briggs and Kelly Kilpatrick (2016).

This new title appears in the series of county dictionaries published by the English Place-Name Society, drawing on their huge archive of material as well as new research by Keith Briggs. The book contains a historical introduction, examining the linguistic and pronunciation aspects of the science as well as the sources, and each dictionary entry includes early forms and an explanation of the name's etymology. The book also has many colour pictures of the locations, maps and historic prints and covers all the parishes of the historic county. There are appendices on elements and personal names found within the place-names.

Popular Series volume 6.

ISBN: 978 0 904889 91 8

xl + 177 pp. Paperback 240 x 155 mm. 

Price by direct order: £11 to members; £14 to non-members.

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Your City's Place-Names

About the series

This series is a new kind of book from the English Place-Name Society. It deals with the main place-names found on modern maps of some of England's largest towns and cities, and also includes some lost or forgotten older names which were once locally important. The books are arranged alphabetically, with explanations of the origins of names presented wherever possible, and the documentary evidence permitting these explanations is set out.


Bristol

by Richard Coates (2017).Bristol cover

This book covers the principal districts (officially or unofficially recognized), a few striking monuments and the largest open spaces in the City of Bristol and the rest of the Bristol conurbation. It also includes a fringe of the country beyond, from Severn Beach and Weston in Gordano to the west to Chipping Sodbury and Saltford in the east, and from Yate in the north to Stanton Drew and Bristol Airport in the south.

Your City’s Place-Names volume 1.

ISBN: 978 0 904889 96 3

219 pp. Paperback 240 x 155 mm.

Price by direct order: £11 to members, £14 to non-members.


Brighton and Hove, with Shoreham and Newhaven

by Richard Coates (2017).Brighton and Hove cov

This book covers the principal districts (officially or unofficially recognized), some striking monuments and the largest open spaces of the City of Brighton and Hove and the rest of the coastal Brighton conurbation. A few other names outside of but very close to the city boundary, and important to the city or conurbation, are included.

Your City’s Place-Names volume 2.

ISBN: 978 0 904889 97 0

118 pp. Paperback 240 x 155 mm.

Price by direct order: £11 to members, £14 to non-members.


Leeds

by Harry Parkin (2017).Leeds cover

This book covers the principal districts (officially or unofficially recognized), some well-known buildings, features, and street-names, and the largest open spaces in the City of Leeds. For the purposes of this dictionary, the “City of Leeds” is defined by the Leeds metropolitan district area, though a few names outside but very close to this zone are also included. The metropolitan area of Leeds is one of the largest government districts in England, and so this dictionary covers a relatively large area, including places such as Wetherby, which is approximately 10 miles north-east of Leeds city centre.

Your City’s Place-Names volume 3.

ISBN: 978 0 904889 95 5

122 pp. Paperback 240 x 155 mm.

Price by direct order: £11 to members, £14 to non-members.

 

The Popular Series

A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place‑Names

Cover of A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names

by Kenneth Cameron (1998).

This book is a guide to the major names of the whole county of Lincolnshire. Professor Cameron’s work makes available the fruit of thirty-five years’ research into Lincolnshire place‑names, and combines detailed and authoritative commentary on the names with a unique knowledge of the setting, languages and history which gave rise to them.

Popular Series volume 1.

ISBN: 0 904889 58 0

xxviii + 157 pp. Paperback or hardback 235 x 157 mm. 

Paperback price by direct order: £11 to members; £14 to non-members.

Hardback price by direct order: £20 to members; £25 to non-members.

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Wirral and its Viking Heritage

Wirral-and-Viking

by Paul Cavill, Stephen E. Harding and Judith Jesch (2000, reprinted 2015).

This book is a guide to the Viking impact on the Wirral. It includes reprinted illustrated essays from F. T. Wainwright, John McN. Dodgson, J. D. Bu’lock and W. G. Collingwood, on the history, art and names of the region. And the work is brought up to date by original contributions on recent developments in the history, archaeology, scholarly and popular interest in the Wirral. It is completed by a gazetteer examining the origins of the major names, which also forms an index to the volume.

Popular Series volume 2.

ISBN 10: 0 904889 90 4 - ISBN 13: 978-0-904889-90-1 

vii + 149 pp. Paperback 240 x 155 mm. 

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Cover of A Dictionary of County Durham Place-Names

A Dictionary of County Durham Place-Names

by Victor Watts (2002).

A concise dictionary covering the main settlement names of County Durham, this book combines detailed commentary on the names with a unique knowledge of the setting, languages and history which gave rise to them. There is an index of elements used in the names, and a list of manorial names and surnames in the county’s toponymy.

Popular Series volume 3.

ISBN: 0 904889 65 3

xix + 172 pp. Paperback 240 x 155 mm. 

Price by direct order: £11 to members; £14 to non-members.

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A Dictionary of Manx Place‑Names

Manx

by George Broderick (2006).

A comprehensive brief dictionary of the names of the Isle of Man, this book analyses the Manx, Scottish Gaelic, Norse and English elements which enter into the toponymy. Dr Broderick’s work includes maps and illustrations in addition to scholarly analysis, name-by-name, of farms, settlements, roads, hills, coastal features, parishes and treens. An index of elements, personal and surnames, and a historical introduction complete the work.

Popular Series volume 4.

ISBN: 0 904889 71 8

xxxvi + 235 pp. Paperback 240 x 155 mm. 

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A Dictionary of Leicestershire and Rutland Place‑Names

Leicestershire-and-Rutland

by Barrie Cox (2005).

Presenting the ongoing work of Professor Cox’s survey of Leicestershire and a digest of his published work on Rutland, this volume provides a full and scholarly analysis of the major names of the two counties. Readers will welcome this reference work and its reliable analysis as an important contribution to the study of the history of the East Midlands. An introduction is followed by the names of Leicestershire, then those of Rutland; a list of elements completes the volume.

Popular Series volume 5.

ISBN: 0 904889 70 X

xxx + 160 pp. Paperback 240 x 155 mm. 

Price by direct order: £11 to members; £14 to non-members.

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A Dictionary of Suffolk Place‑Names

Suffolk-small

by Keith Briggs and Kelly Kilpatrick (2016).

This new title (2016) appears in the series of county dictionaries published by the English Place-Name Society, drawing on their huge archive of material as well as new research by Keith Briggs. The book contains a historical introduction, examining the linguistic and pronunciation aspects of the science as well as the sources, and each dictionary entry includes early forms and an explanation of the name's etymology. The book also has many colour pictures of the locations, maps and historic prints and covers all the parishes of the historic county. There are appendices on elements and personal names found within the place-names.

Popular Series volume 6.

ISBN: 978 0 904889 91 8

xl + 177 pp. Paperback 240 x 155 mm. 

Price by direct order: £11 to members; £14 to non-members.

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The Regional Series

A Dictionary of Lake District Place‑Names

Lake-District

by Diana Whaley (2006).

Professor Whaley’s dictionary breaks new ground in treating the names of an area beyond the traditional county boundaries. This work includes names treated in Survey volumes on Cumberland and Westmorland, as well as Ekwall’s volume on Lancashire, but it includes many names that are not touched upon by earlier scholars. Written to be accessible and comprehensive, this is an attractive illustrated volume which defies easy categorisation: it is an essential companion for the walker and tourist, but scholars and local historians will find it invaluable too. Professor Whaley has provided detailed analysis of the names not only from documentary sources but also from contacting local people. The index of elements is a significant contribution to study of the name-vocabulary of north-west England.

Regional Series volume 1.

ISBN: 0 904889 72 6

lviii + 423 pp., maps, photos. Hardback 240 x 155 mm. 

Price by direct order: £18 to members; £20 to non-members.

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A Place‑Name History of the Parishes of Rottingdean and Ovingdean in Sussex

Rottingdean-and-Ovingdean

by Richard Coates (2010).

This book discusses over 800 local names in historic Rottingdean (including Woodingdean, Roedean and Saltdean) and Ovingdean. The treatment of Rottingdean is the most detailed and comprehensive analysis of the place‑names of a single village ever published in Britain.

Regional Series volume 2.

ISBN 10: 0 904889 84 X - ISBN 13: 978 0 904889 84 0

240 pp., numerous illustrations. Paperback 235 x 155 mm.

Price by direct order: £16 to members; £18 to non-members.

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The EPNS Supplementary Series

The Place‑Names of West Thorney [West Sussex]West-Thorney

by Richard Coates (1999).

This volume has two aims. The first is to begin to make good the sparse treatment of minor names in the English Place‑Name Survey in the early years of its existence. The second is to contribute to an understanding of the processes of naming in self-contained places. It is a study of a place that historical writing has largely ignored, and whose tenurial and agricultural development was steady, and barely touched by power politics.

ISBN: 0 904889 52 1

v + 66 pp. Paperback 250 x 175 mm.

Price by direct order: £5 to members; £7 to non-members.

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Field-Name Studies

Field-Names of the London Borough of Ealing

by C. H. Keene (1976).

OUT OF STOCK

This booklet provides a study of the field-names in the parishes of Acton, Ealing, Greenford, Hanwell, Northolt, Perivale, Southall, and West Twyford—an area covered in summary form in Vol. XVIII of the Survey. Fields in each parish are listed with etymological comments, and an Introduction provides background information on this part of Middlesex.

Field-name Studies no. 1.

ISBN: 0 904889 03 3

vi + x + 37 pp. Maps. A5 Paperback.

Price £1.50.

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Field-Names of Angmering, Ferring, Rustington, East Preston, and Kingston (West Sussex)

by Richard W. Standing (1984).

These parishes, on the Sussex coast near Littlehampton, form part of Poling Hundred (for which see Vol. VI of the Survey). The topographical history of the area is summarised in the Introduction. Field-names from the various Tithe Apportionments are shown on full-page maps throughout, with etymological and other notes. An Appendix contains useful observations on local or customary acres.

Field-name Studies no. 2.

ISBN: 0 904889 12 2

iv + 50 pp. (including Maps). A5 Paperback.

Price £2.

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Field-Names of Four Bedfordshire Parishes: Tilsworth, Eggington, Hockliffe, Stanbridge

by Joan Schneider (1997).

An account, by an experienced Bedfordshire local historian, of the field-names of a compact group of parishes in Manshead Hundred, Bedfordshire, based on local records and fully illustrated by maps.

Field-name Studies no. 3.

ISBN: 0 904889 51 3

92 pp. 15 maps. Paperback 250 x 175 mm.

Price by direct order: EPNS members £5; non-members £6.

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Other Publications

The Vocabulary of English Place‑Names

This is a major new dictionary of the elements in English place‑names, edited by the research staff of the CENS/INS. It succeeds A. H. Smith’s English Place‑Name Elements (EPNS Vols. XXV, XXVI), differing from it in various ways. The range is greater: selection will not now be limited to major place-names, and elements in names first recorded before 1750 (rather than before 1500) will be included. There is a much larger body of publications to draw from, including no fewer than forty more EPNS volumes than were available to Smith, together with the great quantity of research material which has appeared during the intervening years in relevant books and journals.

Price per fascicle by direct order: £10 to EPNS members; £12.50 to non-members.

Fasc. 1, Á–Box, by David Parsons and Tania Styles, with Carole Hough (1997).

ISBN: 0 9525343 5 5

Originally published by CENS (Centre for English Name‑Studies)

xix + 155 pp. Paperback, 206 x 145 mm.

Fasc. 2, Brace–Cæster, by David Parsons and Tania Styles (2000).

ISBN: 0 9525343 6 3

Originally published by CENS (Centre for English Name‑Studies)

xviii + 177 pp. Paperback, 206 x 145 mm.

Fasc. 3, Ceafor–Cock-pit, by David N. Parsons (2004).

ISBN: 0 904889 74 2

xx + 164 pp. Paperback, 215 x 137mm.

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English Place-Names in Skaldic Verse

by Matthew Townend (1998).

As a result of persistent contact between Anglo-Saxons and Scandinavians in the Viking Age, Old Norse skaldic poetry contains a large number of English place-names, cited in celebration of the feats of such figures as Cnut and Oláfr Haraldsson. Matthew Townend’s study is based on a thorough investigation of the manuscript sources and presents a strong case for the use and importance of skaldic evidence.

ISBN: 0 904889 57 2

ix + 115 pp. Paperback 206 x 145 mm.

Price by direct order: £8 to members; £10 to non-members.

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Anglo-Saxon Mint-Names, Part 1: Axbridge-Hythe

By Jayne Carroll and David N. Parsons (2007).

The first part of a three-part series, this book examines the evidence provided by Anglo-Saxon coins for the spelling of place‑names, specifically of minting-places. Coins are often closely datable, and many provide pre-datings of names found in documentary sources. Some supplement evidence we already have and confirm etymologies, but some suggesting intriguing alternatives. This work breaks new ground in examining one extensive but challenging corpus of evidence for English place‑names.

ISBN: 978 0 904889 75 8

xxvi + 198pp. Hardback 240 x 160 mm.

Price by direct order: £20 to members; £25 to non-members.

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Language Contact in the Place-Names of Britain and Ireland

Edited by Paul Cavill and George Broderick (2007).

This book is a collection of essays examining how languages interact at points of contact, and the evidence that place-names provide for that interaction. Leading scholars reflect on the names of the Isle of Man, finding Scandinavian and English influence; on names in England, for Celtic and Scandinavian contacts with English; on names in Ireland, tracing the very earliest pre-Celtic and Celtic strands; and on Orkney and Shetland, examining the processes of contact, language death and revival.

Contributors: George Broderick, Paul Cavill, Richard Coates, Richard Cox, Gillian Fellows-Jensen, W.F.H. Nicolaisen, Berit Sandness, Patrizia de Bernardo Stempel, Doreen Waugh.

ISBN: 978 0 904889 78 9 

ix + 183 pp.  Hardback 240 x 160 mm.

Price by direct order: £20 to members; £25 to non-members

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The Church in English Place-Names

The-Church

Edited by Eleanor Quinton (2009).

This collection of essays makes a valuable contribution to the study of the history and onomastic signature of place bearing church or church-related names, including two contributions on Eccles. It begins with a welcome reprint of Margaret Gelling’s 1981 essay, ‘The word church in English place-names’, which has been hard to obtain.

ISBN: 978 0 904889 796 

150pp.  Paperback 210 x 124 mm.

Price by direct order: £12 to members; £15 to non-members.

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English Inn and Tavern Names

English-Inn-and-Tavern-Names

by Barrie Cox.

Published 1994.

This monograph, the first scholarly work on the topic, traces the developments in the naming of inns and taverns in all parts of the country from the fourteenth century to the present day. It is based on the publications and files of the English Place‑Name Society, augmented by material in the possession of the author. An extensive collection of the names of Rutland hostelries provides an interesting separate study, and the many inn-names recorded by Pepys in the 1660s are discussed in an Appendix.

ISBN: 0 9525343 0 4

Originally published by CENS (Centre for English Name‑Studies)

116 pp. Paperback, 206 x 145 mm.

Price by direct order: £5 to members; £7 to non-members.

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The English Place‑Name Survey: A Finding-List to Addenda and CorrigendaAddenda-and-Corrigenda

by Carole Hough (1995).

This handbook provides a systematic index to addenda and corrigenda to the county volumes of the Survey of English Place‑Names (published in subsequent EPNS volumes and in the Journal of the English Place‑Name Society). The need for such a guide has been long felt, and it will prove to be invaluable.

ISBN: 0 9525343 1 2

Originally published by CENS (Centre for English Name‑Studies)

125 pp. Paperback, 206 x 145 mm.

Price: £2.50 to members; £3.50 to non-members.

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Indexes to the Journal of the English Place‑Name Society, Nos. 1–12

Price: £1.

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Indexes to the Journal of the English Place‑Name Society, Nos. 13–26

Price: £1.

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