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Public Speaker: The Origins of Place Names

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Anthony Poulton-Smith is a freelance journalist and author, whose books have mostly been on the subject of the origins of place names.

Anthony currently offers the following talks:

  • Origins of Place Names: including towns and villages, hills and streams, even fields and roads.
  • Origins of Pub Names: their beginnings, design, meanings and misunderstandings.
  • Animal Myths: a look at some of the quite ridiculous explanations given for the fauna we know so well.
  • Humorous Etymologies: we know what they mean today, but won't believe how some of these words began and in what context they were used.
  • Ley Lines: examination of ancient trackways, how they were laid out and why.
  • Salt Routes: the original trade route, why it existed and why these routes are still in use today.
  • Watling Street: this famous 'Roman' road and why it is more than one road and was a road before the Romans were ever thought of.
  • When Nature Calls: the toilet, the history of the privy.
  • Not the Normal Paranormal: looks at ghostly reports covered by the author's writings and asks if there is a rational explanation.
  • The Saxon Era: a revealing look at the so-called Dark Ages, revealing why they were anything but 'dark'.
  • The Fastener Industry: an engineer's non-technical look at nuts, bolts, screws and washers.
  • Talking Butts: the many odd ideas, generally accepted as part of history, which have no basis in fact.

Contact Details

Name:
Anthony Poulton-Smith
Telephone:
01827 735832
Mobile:
07562 653565
Email:
anthony_poulton_smith@hotmail.com
Website:
www.poultonsmith.co.uk

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Last Updated:
29/09/2016
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