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.

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


Place-Name Discovery Near Todmorden

In the 1626 Manor Survey of Rochdale, Anningden was written as “Annington” in a reference to 1292 grant of land by Hugh de Eland. The first element may be derived from Old Welsh ann, “ash tree” or Anna, an Old English name as in Annington  Sussex. Anningden was close to Inchfield manor,  a site connected with the Saville family.

The manor is mentioned here in Volume V of  the Victoria County History of Lancashire.

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(c) Stuart Mendelsohn 2009
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