Aug 9, 2021
A couple of books for holiday reading!
In that section mentioning the "The Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Light Railway", are a couple of maps. The second one, I note shows many locations which their spelling begins as "Llan..." Is there a translation of that? Perhaps it references a common topographical feature in that region?
The names of many places in Wales begin with Llan. It means “Church” – or, rather, the enclosed land around the church where Christian converts had settled – and, as far as town or church names are concerned, is often combined with the name of an individual.
Shropshire sits right next to Wales and some places in the West of the County have names that reflect that.
Llan Fair - Saint Mary.
Some further suggestions for holiday reading .....
Two more books which are worth taking with you on holiday:
Chris Arnot; Small Island by Little Train; ISBN 978-0-7495-7849-7.
Tom Chesshyre; Slow Trains to Venice; ISBN 978-1-78783-299-2.