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‘The Historical Gazetteer of England's Place-Names’ is a key piece of digital infrastructure for use in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Its aim is to associate disparate content through place - everything happens somewhere, after all - and therefore to facilitate accurate searches across resources. Gazetteers of contemporary place-names have been available for some time, but the Historical Gazetteer’s historical place-name forms add chronological depth to the mix. These forms have been collected over the last ninety years as part of the English Place-Name Society’s Survey of English Place-Names. The Historical Gazetteer brings the four million+ historical place-name forms of the Survey, including those for hamlets, fields, and streets, into the digital realm, heralding a new era of chronological depth and spatial granularity in gazetteer provision.

Details of how to use this site can be found through the links below.

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Other Resources

English Place-Name Society

Key to English Place-Names

Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland

The Place-names of Northern Ireland

Placenames Database of Ireland


Welsh Place-name Society

My Place in Wales

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