Berkshire Place Names


This list of Berkshire Place Names covers town and parishes, giving their variant names, and also lists hamlets, townships, etc., indicating their relationships to parishes - a map of these parishes has been provided by the Berkshire FHS.

p>In addition to the information provided under the links below, other descriptions of the places listed can be found from The Place-Names of Berkshire, Margaret Gelling, English Placename Society, 1982. This describes the origins and meanings of places, district, roads and rivers, and is available from Reading Central Library.  Jimella's British Counties, Parishes, etc. for Genealogists will be of particular value to overseas researchers who are unfamiliar with our geographic divisions and naming conventions.  See also the Genuki Gazetteer and (for members of  Berkshire FHS only) the Berkshire Gazetteer.  Trade directories provide descriptions of places, their administration and facilities as they changed through time, see sample pages from a 1915 directory.