The fascination of place names

By Becky Collier
28th April 2022

Join us for an illustrated talk by Tony Painter on Thursday 30th June 2022, 7.00pm for 7.30pm, at Wells & Mendip Museum

The place names of Somerset range from the poetic, Wyke Champflower, Hornblotton or Huish Episcopi to the more down to earth sounding, such as Wookey, Sock Dennis and Chard. If you have ever wondered where these names came from, then please join us for a relaxed and informative evening at Wells & Mendip Museum.  Our speaker, Tony Painter will provide a light hearted illustrated talk on “The fascination of Place Names”.

Tony’s family originates from Wiltshire and Somerset and he spent some thirty years with the MoD as a Map Research Officer. Since retirement he writes historical notes for the Alan Godfrey map series, and his work on these maps has spawned the interest in local names. Tony will cover some general principles of place names, ranging from towns and villages down to streets and pubs, highlighting the historic insight they provide into a past way of life.

Refreshments will be available and we will have access to the beautiful walled garden at the museum so it should be a really pleasant evening. Bring some cash for the raffle – and any contributions of raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated! All proceeds go to CPRE Somerset’s work for the Somerset countryside.

All welcome so please bring a friend.  Suggested donation £4.00 for CPRE members, £6.00 for non members.

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