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Anthony Poulton-Smith

West Sussex Place Names

West Sussex Place Names

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Within these pages author Anthony Poulton-Smith examines the origins of the West Sussex place names with which we are otherwise so familiar. The definitions are supported by anecdotal evidence and show what has influenced the way the names have developed.

Ever wondered why our towns and villages are named as they are? Who named them and why? Was there really a look-out point at Warningcamp? Did the Anchor Bleu public house once boast a French landlord? What is a gribble as seen in the Gribble Inn?

Which town declared itself independent in 1965? Towns, villages, districts, hills, streams, woods, farms, fields, streets and even pubs are examined and explained.

Some of the definitions give a glimpse of life in the earlier days of the settlement, and for the author there is nothing more satisfying than finding a name which gives such a snapshot.

This is not simply a dictionary but a history and will prove invaluable not only for those who live and work in the county but also visitors and tourists, indeed anyone with an interest in West Sussex.

About the Author

Anthony Poulton-Smith is now a full time author after a career in engineering. He has had many books published on the history of Britain.

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