Brewer's Britain & Ireland: The History, Culture, Folklore and Etymology of 7500 Places in These Islands

Brewer's Britain & Ireland: The History, Culture, Folklore and Etymology of 7500 Places in These Islands

by John Ayto, Ian Crofton
     
 

Pick any spot in the British Isles and you’re sure to find a touch of local color, as this authoritative guide so entertainingly demonstrates. The authors have selected 7,500 of the most interesting places and place-names, from Ashby-de-la-Zouch (scene of Ivanhoe’s unforgettable joust), to Wetwang, where builders recently discovered the

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Pick any spot in the British Isles and you’re sure to find a touch of local color, as this authoritative guide so entertainingly demonstrates. The authors have selected 7,500 of the most interesting places and place-names, from Ashby-de-la-Zouch (scene of Ivanhoe’s unforgettable joust), to Wetwang, where builders recently discovered the 2,300-year-old grave of an Iron Age woman who was buried with a chariot. Tourists, scholars, and armchair travelers will revel in fascinating facts on everything from what’s odd about the name “Avon River” to why Brits say “God bless the Duke of Argyle!” when someone scratches an itch.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780304353859
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
1267
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.28(d)

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