Not just a dictionary, but a history of the places in our county

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A new book reveals the stories behind why some of Northumberland’s towns and villages are named as they are.

Have you ever wondered who named them and why?

Did corn grow on the hill at Cornhill-on-Tweed? How was Haltwhistle named such before the railways arrived? Was Ogle named as a good look-out point? And did a snake give its name to Adderstone?

Within the pages of Northumberland Place Names, author Anthony Poulton-Smith examines the origins of the place names with which we are otherwise so familiar.

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.

The definitions are supported by anecdotal evidence, bringing to life the individuals and events which have influenced the places and how these names have developed.

The 160-page softback book published by Sigma Press, is available for £8.99 from bookshops or direct from Sigma – www.sigma