Victor Watt's reference work comprises a completely new compilation, based on the archives of the English Place-Name Society. It reflects the most recent scholarship for all names of cities, towns, villages, hamlets, rivers, streams, hills and other geographical locations included in the Ordnance Survey Road Atlas of Great Britain (1983), with many more recent additions. The Dictionary will be of interest to geographers, historians, historical linguists and language scholars.
Review of the hardback: '... a captivating resource for those of us simply curious about the oddities of English place-names ... This catalogue of place-names will make an essential tool for anyone seriously involved in the cartography or topography of the British Isles ... It is a project that is dizzying in scale, and manages the rare trick of being a useful commercial resource, an unimpeachable scholarly reference and a source of great pleasure for the curious.' Rare Book Review
Review of the hardback: 'This is the first comprehensive, scholarly, single volume dictionary of English place-names ... impressive ... very unlikely that it will be superseded very soon ... essential for all medium-sized libraries.' Reference Reviews
Review of the hardback: 'The Dictionary is a reliable and comprehensive fund of place-name data and there is much here to provide the interested reader not only with information but with many stimulating ideas.' Landscape History
"Scholars will need this book...Interested amateurs will use this as a browsing book. It will have a long shelf life and be much loved by Anglophiles." E. Joan Wilson Miller, Illinois State University, H-Net
"This will undoubtedly be the definitive dictionary of its kind for decades to come." -- American Reference Books Annual
Preface; Guide to dictionary entries; List of abbreviations; Glossary of most frequently used elements; Distribution maps; References; Places-names.
Number Of Pages: 778
Published: 3rd February 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9
Weight (kg): 1.37