Place-names -sources of information
The information contained in the place-name element for each township is found by a link to ‘The Historical Gazetteer of England's Place-Names’, produced under the auspices of the English Place-Name Society, administered at the University of Nottingham. This is a key piece of digital infrastructure for use in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Its aim is to associate disparate content through place - everything happens somewhere, after all - and therefore to facilitate accurate searches across resources. Gazetteers of contemporary place-names have been available for some time, but the Historical Gazetteer’s historical place-name forms add chronological depth to the mix. These forms have been collected over the last ninety years as part of the English Place-Name Society’s Survey of English Place-Names. The Historical Gazetteer brings the four million+ historical place-name forms of the Survey, including those for hamlets, fields, and streets, into the digital realm, heralding a new era of chronological depth and spatial granularity in gazetteer provision. In addition there is a link to the Key to English Place-names (KEPN) also at the University of Nottingham to explain the elements of the name and their meanings.