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English Place Names

Some questions on English place names and their origins. 8 Questions.

 
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1

Bury and Borough are common elements of English placenames. What is their origin?

  • Norse for a burial place
  • Saxon for a fort
  • Celtic for a chieftan's territory

2

How did Ely get its name?

  • From the large numbers of eels caught in the area
  • It was called after a local saint
  • It was built by a stream of that name

3

Can you match the place name elements to the meaning associated with their Celtic roots?

Drag items from right column to match with left column

Left

  • carn
  • lin or lyn
  • pen
  • coombe

Right

  • pool, lake
  • stony hill
  • headland
  • valley

4

Why is a place in Devon called Westward Ho?

  • It was named after a novel by Charles Kingsley
  • Ships sailed west from there
  • The land was owned by the Westward family

5

Flitwick is found in which county?

  • Yorkshire
  • Dorset
  • Bedfordshire

6

It has been suggested that Nottingham means a place full of caves. What other meaning is generally put forward?

  • The settlement of Snot's people
  • A place where lace is made
  • A centre for rope-making

7

Which place name is derived from the Saxon for 2 river crossing points?

  • Biggleswade
  • Cambridge
  • Twyford

8

Who built the "model village" of Saltaire near Bradford?

  • A local salt magnate
  • Titus Salt, a Quaker mill owner
  • A retired admiral

 

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