FREELANCE JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR
Anthony Poulton-Smith

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Have you ever wondered why our towns and villages got their names? Were they are a deliberate creation by our ancestors or did they evolve naturally over time? Which town took its name from one of the last surviving wolves in England? Where is there a name referring to an eighteenth-century vegetarian delicacy? Who killed a king and had a pub named after him? And where was there a ford for games or sport?
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. 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 too, 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 Hampshire.

AMBERLEY PUBLISHING

AMBERLEY PUBLISHING