Blubberhouses, Stanstead Mountfitchet and Melbury Bubb ! English place—names can be curious and amusing. They can also tell us about our past. England’s towns,villages farms, and even fields, have names whose beginnings stretch back over 2,000 years. In this well—researched book Charles Whynne-Hammond explains the meanings and derivations of these names. He also covers the names of cinemas, theatres, football clubs, and even shopping centres.