Place Names and Field Names of Northumberland

Author(s): Stan Beckensall 

ISBN: 9781781552865
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Northumberland has a rich legacy of such names and the text explores how place names are derived, and change over time.

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  • The text includes the richness of humour and local detail that go into naming fields
  • Written by an acclaimed author with decades of experience writing about the county
  • Superbly illustrated with the author’s own photographs


In Place Names and Field Names of Northumberland, Stan Beckensall explores what place names and field names mean, and how they can reveal an intimate part of our local history by linking us to the land they sign and socialise.

Northumberland has a rich legacy of such names, which can best be appreciated by close familiarity with the landscape. If you find these examples intriguing, you will enjoy the book: Grimping Haugh, Jill’s Arse, Little Sloshes, Boggle Hole, Shovelbread and Blowbutts.

The text explores a series of sites, which demonstrate how place names are derived and change over time. This study is well supported by a wide range of illustrations ranging from photographs and documents to maps.

The detailed research undertaken by the author helps to ensure this is a comprehensive guide to the origins of places within Northumberland.

BOOK ISBN 9781781552865
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 160 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 September 2016
TERRITORY World
ILLUSTRATIONS 80 black-and-white and 32 colour photographs








Dr Stan Beckensall has spent his working life in education, much of this in training teachers and being a head teacher in Northumberland. He is an honours graduate of Keele University, an Honorary Doctor of Letters at Newcastle University, winner of the 2006 British Archaeology Award in the Channel 4 ITC section, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and Scotland, and an international specialist in prehistoric rock art. Beckensall has published over forty books and pamphlets, including poetry and drama, and his work has been televised.

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