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