Place-Names of Lancashire

Many medieval place-names will be revealed if more deeds and charters are translated, adding to the existing body of work.

Many places in Lancashire were mentioned in medieval documents and there are many books and articles about their origins. Ekwall’s 1922 Place-names of Lancashire is a classic and is available free here.

The place-names of Lancashire by David Mills, 1976 is a more recent work.

An article by Geoffrey Leech –  ‘The unique heritage of place-names in North West England,´  can be downloaded here.

Note
The English Place-Names Society is involved with a new more extensive survey of Lancashire place-names.

Find a place-name

Search for a place or a place-name element .

http://www.digital-documents.co.uk/archi/placename.htm

General Place-name Books

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names E. Ekwall, 1960

Signposts to the past: place-names and the history of England, Margaret Gelling 1978

Place-names in the Landscape, Margaret Gelling 1984

A Dictionary of British Place-Names, A. D. Mills 2003

The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names. Victor Watts 2004

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  1. I am interested in establishing the origin, not meaning, of the word ‘meany’ in the context of ‘Meany Gate’of which I have so far traced eleven in an area bounded by Banks, Tarleton, Bamber Bridge,Leyland & Martin Mere. Look forward to hearing from you. Mant thanks. Yours truly.

  2. i was interested in learning more about whitworth and the surroundign area – whether healey, naden or shawforth etc… you never got back to me on this – and all help is appreciated.
    regards
    jp sutcliffe


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