FREELANCE JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR
Anthony Poulton-Smith

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Ever wondered why our towns and villages are named as they are? Who named them and why? Was there an early barber at Boldshaves? And will Bumpitt prove to have the origin which comes to mind when we first hear the name?
Within these pages author Anthony Poulton-Smith examines the origins of the place 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 earliest 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 simply 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 East Kent.