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UK Placename Finder

The UK Placename Finder is part of the suite of free internet-based tools provided by this Archaeology UK for the communities of field archaeologists, family historians and placename researchers. The internet-based database holds information on the names of more than 160,000 UK places and provides a number of methods for interrogating the dataset. These methods are detailed below.

However, for 17.95 you can also purchase our geo-referenced database of more than 31,000 UK placenames on CD-ROM. Each place on the database is associated with its co-ordinate in both the British National Grid and Ordnance Survey referencing systems. This means that places can be found using geographical co-ordinates as search criteria, in addition to the words.

In addition to its use as an Archaeological Research tool, the CD-ROM has applications in Family History Research. Click here to read more.


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The search form above allows you to search for a placename term in six ways:

search type

description

example

Literal placename search

Here one searches for an exact match of the placename (case independent).

Performing an element search with the word "bury" would find all placenames of that name only containing the word "bury", but not Oldbury etc.

Stem placename search

Here one searches for all placenames which start with the element.

Performing an element search with "stow*", would find, in addition to all "stow" placenames, other names containing the word "stow" at the beginning such as Stowmarket, but NOT not Walthamstow.

Terminal placename search

Here one searches for all words which ending with the element.

Performing an element search with "stow*", would find, in addition to all "stow" placenames, other names containing the word "stow" at the end of the name such as Walthamstow, but NOT not Stowmarket.

Element placename search

Here one searches for all words where the search term forms part of the word you are searching for.

Performing an element search with "*bur*", would find, in addition to finding all placenames of the name "burg", other names containing the element such as Edinburgh.

Sterminal

Here one would enter the character or characters which are at the begining of a placename together with a character or characters which are at the end of the placename.

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Boolean

Using this method one can search for placenames which include or exclude certain elements or placenames.

Performing an element search with "*burgh*" as the first element and "little".

 
 
 
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