Anthony Poulton-Smith

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Ever wondered why our towns and villages are named as they are? Who named them and why? Why would anywhere be named Cargo? Which of the lakes is named for it being ‘leafy’? Was glass indeed produced at Ravenglass? And does Penny Bridge refer to the toll?
Within these pages author Anthony Poulton-Smith examines the origins of the place names with which we are otherwise so familiar. Towns, villages, districts, hills, streams, woods, farms, fields, streets and even pubs are examined and explained. Some of the definitions give a glimpse of life in the earlier days of the settlement, and for the author there is nothing more satisfying than finding a name which gives such a snapshot. The definitions are supported by anecdotal evidence, bring to life the individuals and events which have influenced the places and the way these names have developed.
This is not simply a dictionary but a history and will prove invaluable not only for those who live and work in the county but also visitors and tourists, historians and former inhabitants, indeed anyone with an interest in Cumbria.

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