Anthony Poulton-Smith

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Colwich, Dieulacres, Gnosall, Shugborough, and Weston-under-Lizard; have you ever wondered why and how such names have developed?
Staffordshire is full of similar curiosities. This book explains them and many more by investigating the anecdotal evidence and the linguistic roots, not just of towns and villages, but streets and pubs, rivers and woods as well. There are recent as well as ancient examples, such as Hall O'Wood House, Moon Under the Water Inn, Torvill Drive and Dean Close. This book should appeal to those who live and work in Staffordshire, to those who study local history, and to all those who simply wish to know more about their surroundings.
Anthony Poulton-Smith lives in Tamworth, and has a long standing interest in British history, in particular the pre-Norman period. Regular talks and radio interviews have centred around his interest in ley lines and place-name origins, and have led to this book about his native Staffordshire.
National figures, local personalities, trades, landowners, pastimes, the landscape, public houses, religion and folklore have all contributed to the names of the routes we travel every day. A must for every historian, an invaluable guide to every tourist and a lasting reminder of the ancient town for any who live or work here, or who have their roots within Tamworth. Not just a dictionary but a guide with histories, anecdotal material, pointers to people and events of the past, and an interesting read sure to get us all taking more notice of the name on the sign at the end of every street.