Place-names enjoy a peculiarly English fascination. Their meanings hold the key to the origins and history of a place. Some are strange, others quirkish, yet more intriguing. Dorset is blessed with a rich variety of place-names, many of them unique to the county or made up of rare Celtic words that are now obsolete. Some are Anglo-Saxon, some Norman French or Latin. Others provide clues about the economy of a place, even its industries, crops or soil. Yet more have links to a person or family, to now long forgotten superstitions or beliefs, to medieval punishments or pastimes. Such is A.D. Mills’ knowledge and understanding of Dorset’s place-names that he breathes fresh life into a remarkable aspect of Dorset’s long past.
138 x 204mm
96 pages, colour cover