The Whalley Coucher Book and the dialectal phonology of Lancashire and Cheshire

The Coucher Book of Whalley Abbey is a treasure chest of medieval historical data for Lancashire. Sadly, despite being transcribed in the 19th C. it has been little studied.  Many archaeological surveys have failed to refer to the Coucher Book’s references to the areas they purport to cover (for example a study of Rooley Moor failed to mention a single medieval charter, yet there were nearly 100 in the nearby village of  Whitworth alone).

King’s thesis, detailed below, is a valuable contribution to the study of the Coucher Book and also has a really useful chronology of land tenure in Lancashire and Cheshire. This work also contributes to place-name research in Lancashire and Cheshire.

King, C. D . – The Whalley Coucher book and the dialectal phonology of Lancashire and Cheshire 1175-1350 . – University of St Andrews PHD Thesis, 1991 (Unpublished).

Download it here

ILS catalogue number: 15280797

EThOS Persistent ID: uk.bl.ethos.493393

David Collins
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University of St Andrews Library

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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.

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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

Download The Place-Names of Lancashire

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 copyright free.

Here is the contents page of this important 1922 study of the origin of Lancashire place-names.

Contents

Note This is a large file of 45 megabytes!

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You will need the free Adobe Reader program to view the book, if it is not installed you can download it here.

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Eccles Places Mentioned in the Coucher Book of Whalley Abbey

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In 1234 the advowson of Eccles Church was granted to Stanlaw Abbey (the Abbey later moved to Whalley). The details of the Abbey lands and the history of Eccles can be found here.

Place Names

Ekwall’s Place-name’s of Lancashire (p37-42) mentions some of the names in the  list shown above, “Westslak” for example.

The Slack (in Monton) : del Slake 1323 LI. Cf. [le] Westslak 13 cent. WhC 878.
M.E. slack (from O.N. slakki) a small, shallow dell or valley,” etc.

You can download Ekwall’s Place-names of Lancashire here.

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