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Margaret Gelling, OBE (29 November 1924 — 24 April 2009) was an English toponymist, Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, and member of the Society of Antiquaries of London and the British Academy.

She was formerly the President of the English Place-Name Society. She was the author, co-author or editor of numerous books, several which have become standard works in the field of toponymy and which include the English Place-Name Society surveys of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Shropshire, and a lecturer likewise on place names at the universities of Birmingham (Edgbaston), annually at Oxford, and in the past periodically at various international meetings.

She was a sometime member of an expedition to Peru devoted to investigating the history of potato use including freeze-drying at altitude. Consequently, she became experienced at cooking over a fire of dried llama dung in a cave.

Her most publicly visible and accessible books are Signposts to the Past, 3rd edn (Chichester: Phillimore, 2000), first published in 1978 and, with Ann Cole, The Landscape of Place-names (Stamford: Shaun Tyas, 2000, reprinted in 2003; ISBN 1-900289-26-1), based on her earlier work, Place-names in the Landscape (London: Dent, 1984).

The Landscape of Place-Names is a reference to settlement names of the type which define a settlement by reference to a landscape feature, as found in Britain south of the Forth—Clyde line.

Gelling established the relationship between Anglo-Saxon names and the landscape; for example the Anglo-Saxons had about forty words that can describe hills, but these are mostly regarded as synonyms in modern English. In those times, the distinction between a knoll and a creech could be a very important navigational direction.

She was married to the University of Birmingham archaeologist, Peter Stanley Gelling (1925 - 1984).

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Total Books: 22
Signposts to the Past
2010 - Signposts to the Past (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781860775925
ISBN-10: 1860775926
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Place-Names in the Landscape The Geographical Roots of Britain's Place-Names
Signposts to the Past English Place Names
1997 - Signposts to the Past English Place Names (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781860770647
ISBN-10: 1860770649
Genres: Reference, Travel
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The Place-Names of Shropshire The Hundreds of Ford and Condover Part 2
1995 - The Place-names of Shropshire the Hundreds of Ford and Condover Part 2 [County Volumes of the Survey of English Place-names] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780904889437
ISBN-10: 0904889432
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Place-Names in the Landscape
1993 - Place-names in the Landscape (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780460860864
ISBN-10: 0460860860
Genres: History, Travel
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Signposts to the Past Hb
1988 - Signposts to the Past Hb (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780850336498
ISBN-10: 085033649X
Genres: History, Reference
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Signposts to the Past Place Names and the History of England
1981 - Signposts to the Past Place Names and the History of England [Everyman Paperbacks] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780460022279
ISBN-10: 046002227X
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English Place-Name Society
1954 - English Place-name Society [Part 2] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780521049177
ISBN-10: 0521049172
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Early Charters of the Thames Valley
Early Charters of the Thames Valley [Study in Early English History] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780718511326
ISBN-10: 0718511328
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The West Midlands in the Early Middle Ages
The West Midlands in the Early Middle Ages [Studies in the Early History of Britain] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780718511708
ISBN-10: 0718511700
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The Place-names of Shropshire Pt 1 [County Volumes of the Survey of English Place-names] (Hardcover)Hardcover
The Place-Names of Shropshire
The Place-names of Shropshire [English Place-Name Society - Pt. 3] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780904889604
ISBN-10: 0904889602
Genre: Reference
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