Anthony Poulton-Smith


This comprehensive dictionary of Worcestershire place-names includes districts, farms, villages and hamlets, as well as countryside features such as fields, rivers, streams, hills and woods. The full descriptions of each name's origins and meanings provide a rich and colourful account of Worcestershire across the centuries. Few of us are aware of the implications, symbolism and history of the names we use every day, or of the constant process of naming and re-naming that goes on around us. Anyone interested in Worcestershire's towns and villages will find that Anthony Poulton-Smith's new book makes absorbing reading, and for tourists and local historians it will be an essential reference.