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The Street Names of England

by Adrian Room

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This pioneering work, with its new taxonomy of street names, will prove and invaluable tool for English local historians and students of English history. It is a wonderfully accessible work, bound to be enjoyed by all with an interest in etymology. It is divided into sections including self-descriptive names, field and water names, directional names, religious names, trading and occupational names, names of buildings and structures, names from inns, bridge names, personal names, commemorative names, and thematic names. Over 3,500 examples illustrate the text, for example the curious Whip-ma Whop-ma Gate, which Room speculates takes its name from the nearby whipping post and pillory. It also includes a section of advice on studying street names.

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