Stenlake Publishing - The Place Names of County Durham

The Place Names of County Durham

Author : Paul Chrystal
ISBN : 9781840338713
Cover : paperback
Price : £13.95

In his introduction, the author explains how the county’s place names are influenced by its history, even before the 1st-century Roman occupation, when it was lived in by the Brigantes who spoke a hybrid form of Celtic (a mixture of British and Irish Gaelic). This was followed by the Angles and the Saxons speaking a form of early English, which then assimilated some Latin and Norman-French. Early place names reflect natural features or ownership by a particular person. Besides giving some historical background to each town or village featured, including the wonderful No Place, Paul explains the most likely origin of the name. There's a small section on notable hills too, and a chapter on pub names. This is a great book to dip in and out of for interesting wee snippets. You'll learn plenty!

The Place Names of County Durham

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