The Landscape of Suffolk Place-Names
with Dr Keith Briggs (Independent Scholar)
at the Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley
on Saturday, 29th September, 2018
The aim of the day is to explain where our places-names came from, and why they take the form they do. The specific focus will be on names of smaller features than settlements, such as farms, fields, woods, streams, paths, and hills. We aim to make connections between language, local geography, and local history.
10.00 – 10.30: Coffee on arrival
10.30 – 11.30: Principles of place-name study.
11.30 – 11.50: Coffee break
11.50 – 12.50: The natural landscape in Suffolk place-names.
12.50 – 13.50: Lunch break
13.50 – 14.40: The farmed landscape in Suffolk place-names (with some comments on the Vikings in Suffolk).
14.40 – 15.00: Tea break
15.00 – 15.50: Hands-on study of manuscripts (materials to be provided), and reporting of results found.
c.15.50: Thanks and Close
About Keith Briggs
Keith Briggs is a native East Anglian and has been interested in place-names since his childhood. He is a council member of the English Place-Name Society and of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland, and has published many papers on place-names and other aspects of historical linguistics. He has lived in Suffolk since 2000 and published in 2016 (with Kelly Kilpatrick) the first book on Suffolk place-names to be published by the English Place-Name Society. He is now working on a much more detailed book on the same subject.
Some Suggestions for Optional Reading
Briggs, K., & K. Kilpatrick, A Dictionary of Suffolk Place-Names (Nottingham English Place-Name Society and SIAH 2016).
Gelling, M., Signposts to the past: place-names and the history of England (1988).
Gelling, M., & Ann Cole, The landscape of place-names (rev. ed., Shaun Tyas 2014).
Higham, N. & M. Ryan (eds), Place-names, language and the Anglo-Saxon landscape, Publications of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies, vol. 10 (Boydell 2011).
Martin, E., & M. Satchell, Wheare most inclosures be: East Anglian fields: history, morphology and management, East Anglian Archaeology vol. 124, (Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service 2008).
Ryan, M., “Place-names, language, and the Anglo-Saxon landscape: an introduction”, Place-names, language and the Anglo-Saxon landscape, eds N. Higham & M. Ryan, Publications of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies, vol. 10 (Boydell 2011), pp. 1-21.
Scarfe, N., The Suffolk Landscape (Phillimore 2002).
Scarfe, N., Suffolk in the Middle Ages (Boydell 1986).
- Journal of the English Place-Name Society (some articles on Suffolk) – https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/epns/journal.aspx
- Key to English place-names (KEPN) – http://kepn.nottingham.ac.uk/map/county/Suffolk (a bit out‑of‑date on some Suffolk names)
- English Place-Name Society (EPNS) – http://epns.org
- Bosworth & Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (BT) – http://www.bosworthtoller.com
- Middle English Dictionary (MED) – http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/med
- Anglo-Norman Dictionary (AND) – http://www.anglo-norman.net