A History of English Place Names and Where They Came From written by John Moss and published by Pen and Sword Books.

This is the type of book everyone would like to have in their own personal library, or maybe if you’re a bit weird like me. This book basically does what it says on the cover, it must have the name of every village or town in England in the book and with each name comes a small paragraph that explains how the place got its name and the reasons for it. At the beginning of the book there is a section that looks at the origins of where and how names come about such as looking at the Danes and Normans and how the words would be pronounced, and there is a nice little glossary too. Each chapter focuses on a different area which makes it all the easier to read up or find the place your after. While this is a reference book, it is an excellent read and very informative and certainly a book that will happily stay on my bookshelf for many years. Can I request a book on welsh place names too, please.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.