Join Prof Richard Coates for first lecture of 2023 on the history and meaning behind local and national place names.
Place-names are of consuming interest to many people. They arise out of local language, history and culture, and some well-known ones can be understood with greater precision through attention to linguistic and historical detail. In this talk I present some of the findings of national place-name scholarship, and look in detail at some local names in the south of Gloucestershire and nearby.
About your speaker: Prof Coates is currently Professor emeritus of Onomastics at The University of the West of England. He is a linguist with special interests in the area where linguistics, history and geography meet with a particular focus on finding out the origin of English place-names created before about 1500 A.D., but thinks any place-name of any period can be interesting if you look at it in the right way! We are delighted to welcome him to The Barn!
The speaker fee from this talk will be kindly donated to the RNLI so by buying a ticket you are supporting both The Barn and the RNLI. Thank you.
Refreshments available on arrival. Cash and card payments accepted.
Free parking on site. Parking for this event will be at the Barn, BS36 1SE.