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A Pocket Guide to the Place-Names of Wales by Hywel Wyn Owen

A Pocket Guide to the Place-Names of Wales


A Pocket Guide to the Place-Names of Wales by Hywel Wyn Owen

This is the fourth in the extremely successful Pocket Guide series. This is a fascinating book for anyone who wishes to know something about the place-names of Wales. Much has been written recently about place-names. The media and popular press coverage provide ample evidence of a current surge in interest in the names that surround us. This perhaps reflects a greater awareness of the local history and depth of culture, which is present in Wales. There is an interplay between Welsh and English which often manifests in place-names. The introduction deals briefly with what the study of place-names involves and how names can reveal fascinating insights into the people, history, environment and language of places. The bulk of the book is made up of what might be termed a dictionary of place-names.


'All this is preceded by an excellent introduction, again a model of concise presentation of relevant information ... it is a mine of fascinating information which will illuminate any visit to Wales or many questions of Welsh place names and is warmly welcomed and recommended by this interested layman.'
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About the Author

Hywel Wyn Owen lives in Bangor, and he is a Reader at the University of Wales Bangor and Head of the School of Community, Regional and Communication Studies. He is the author of several other books on place-names, including the magisterial volume The Place-names of East Flintshire.

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Publication date

1st March 1998


Hywel Wyn Owen

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University of Wales Press


120 pages


Place names & gazetteers
Yearbooks, annuals, almanacs



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