Anthony Poulton-Smith


This dictionary of Shropshire place-names, their origins and meanings, includes districts, towns, villages and hamlets, together with notable buildings, as well as countryside features - such as fields, rivers, streams, hills and woods. A comprehensive description is given of how each name originated, thereby bringing to life the rich tapestry of history that has shaped Shropshire over the centuries. Few of us are aware of the implications, symbolism and history of the names that we use every day, or indeed of the continuous process of naming and re-naming that goes on around us. Essential reference for the tourist or local historian, Anthony Poulton-Smith's new book will be absorbing reading for anyone interested in the names of Shropshire's towns and villages. It is attractively illustrated with a selection of photographs.