Place-names -sources of information

The information contained in the place-name element for each township is based on ‘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 Digitisation of English Place-names project was licensed to Jisc by the English Place Names Society and released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License; as access to that database has been discontinued, this database has its own entries taken from the original sources.

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.