This book seeks to explain the place-names of Herefordshire — not just those of the major settlements, but also of districts, hamlets and even old farmsteads. For each entry all the known versions of the name that have been used in documents down the ages are set out, these helping indicate how the name has reached what it is today, and the form in which it started life. Thus two exactly similar names today may have different origins and different meanings. These meanings are given, except in the few cases where a meaning is impossible to ascertain, and there is often additional information about the family which may have lent its name to the place, why a name has changed over time or concerning old charter bounds.
At the beginning of the book the author has used his considerable knowledge to set out in some detail the origins for the old district names within Herefordshire, many of which (such as Archenfield, Leen, Lyde, Maund and Straddle) are a component of many current place-names.
Bruce Coplestone-Crow has researched estate history in Herefordshire and the south Welsh border for over forty years, and has written and published widely on the subject. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Royal Historical Society.
Paperback | 268 pages | 234 x 156 mm | 2009