Dictionary of British Place Names Companion Website

British Place Names

Web links

Here is a list of recommended web links, arranged alphabetically.

A B D E I L N O P R S U W

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Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba ~ Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland
http://www.gaelicplacenames.org/index.php
National Gazetteer of Gaelic Place-Names.

Archif Melville Richards (Place-Name Database at the University of Bangor, North Wales)
http://www.bangor.ac.uk/amr
Comprehensive archive of Welsh place-names created by the late Professor Melville Richards.

 

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British History Online (Institute of Historical Research)
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/subject.aspx?subject=5
Access to important printed source materials for place-name research.

The British Library
http://www.bl.uk
Information on their collections, help with research.

Bunachar Logainmneacha na hÉireannFiontar: The Placenames Database of Ireland
http://www.logainm.ie/
Comprehensive list of Irish place-names.

 

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The Domesday Book Online
http://www.domesdaybook.co.uk/places.html
Information about Domesday places and landowners, and about the origins of place-names.

 

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The English Place-Name Society
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~aezins//epns
Information about membership of the Society, which publishes the results of the Survey of English Place-Names and an annual journal.

 

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Institute for Name-Studies (at the University of Nottingham)
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/english/ins
Information about the English Place-Name Society, the ongoing Survey of English Place-Names, and another major project, The Vocabulary of English Place-Names.

 

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Landscapes of Governance: Assembly Sites in England 5th-11th Centuries
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/project/assembly/index.htm
UCL Institute of Archaeology: national research project bringing archaeology, place-names and written sources together.

Langscape:The Language of Landscape Project: Reading the Anglo-Saxon Countryside
http://www.langscape.org.uk
Makes accessible a rich body of material relating to the English countryside of a thousand years ago and more (based on a corpus of Anglo-Saxon boundary clauses).

'Localhistoryonline'
http://www.local-history.co.uk
Lists local history societies and courses (with web links to these), also publishes Local History Magazine.

 

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The National Archives at Kew
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
Information about the range of archives held here and in other record repositories, research guides to local history.

Northern Ireland Place-Name Project at Queen's University Belfast
http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofModernLanguages/Researc...
Centre for the study of Gaelic place-names in the UK. Information about their database, gazetteer and archive.

 

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Ordnance Survey: Great Britain's national mapping agency
http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk
Information about maps and the mapping of place-names, introductions to the language types of British place-names.

 

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'People's Place Names: Your Names for Places in Great Britain'
http://www.yourplacenames.com
Research project run by Cardiff University to gather information about vernacular and informal place-names.

'Perceptions of Place: English Place-Name Study and Regional Variety'
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/english/ins/survey/perceptions/
Project funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England
http://www.pase.ac.uk/
Database providing information relating to all the recorded inhabitants of England from the late 6th to the late 11th century.

 

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The Romano-British Settlements
http://www.roman-britain.org/maps/settlement_index.htm
Information about Roman sites and place-names in Britain.

Royal Historical Society
http://www.royalhistoricalsociety.org/
Publishes 'Bibliography of British and Irish History'.

 

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The Scottish Place-Name Society ~ Comann Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba
http://www.spns.org.uk/
Information about membership of the Society.

The Shetland Place-Names Project
http://www.shetland-heritage.co.uk/shetland-place-names
Information on Shetland place-names accessible through a database linked to digital maps.

Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland
http://www.snsbi.org.uk
Information about name studies for members of the Society and other interested individuals. The Society publishes an annual journal, Nomina.

 

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Ulster Place-Name Society
http://www.ulsterplacenames.org
Information about membership of the Society, which publishes a journal.

 

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The Welsh Language Board
http://www.byig-wlb.org.uk
Information about Welsh place-names and their standardization.