Anthony Poulton-Smith


Ever wondered why our towns and villages are so named? Were they a deliberate creation by our ancestors or did they evolve naturally over time?
Which village is named after a dragon which guards the fabulous hoard said to be found deep within the burial mound? Which fish, known as 'Lucy' in heraldry and also likened to a pickaxe, gave a name to the lake in which it lives? And which small town apparently was founded during Saxon times as 'the nook of land of the witch'?
In these pages we examine the origins of the names with which we are otherwise so familiar. Towns, villages, districts, hills, streams, woods, farms, fields, streets and even pubs are examined and explained. Some of the definitions give a glimpse of life in the earlier days of the settlement, and for the author there is nothing more satisfying than finding a name which gives such a snapshot. The definitions are supported by anecdotal evidence, bringing to life the individuals and events which have influenced the places and the way these names have developed.
This is not just a dictionary but a history and will prove invaluable not only for those who live and work in the county but also visitors and tourists, historians and former inhabitants, indeed anyone with an interest in Cheshire.

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