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The earliest records of Newmarket

This article of mine is in the Journal of the English Place-Name Society, 52 (2020), 68–75. The abstract follows:

The records of Newmarket in Suffolk are stated in the standard place-name dictionaries to start in 1200. In this note I show that this date should be amended to 1218/9. Even if this re-dating is relatively insignificant, an important wider point is illustrated: the use of toponymic surnames as evidence for place-names is only safe when there is independent evidence linking the person to the place.

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bibtex citation

  author= {Keith Briggs},
  title=  {The earliest records of Newmarket},
  journal={Journal of the English Place-Name Society},
  volume= {52},
  pages=  {68--75},
  year=   {2020},
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