The Place Names of Saffron Walden


Vol 2: The Place Names of Saffron Walden

 by Malcolm White £8.50 + pp

Edited by Jacqueline Cooper

Published by SWHS Publications

ISBN 978-1-873669-04-4

Books can be ordered from Saffron Walden Tourist Information:

Editorial enquiries:


  • Alphabetical List of Place Names
  • Old Roads and Courtyards
  • Old Field Names


malcolm white author of saffron walden place names

The author signing books at the launch.
Photograph © Gordon Ridgewell.

The author, when Saffron Walden Town Clerk, often advised on the naming of new streets, as had another former Town Clerk, Cliff Stacey in his time. The Town Council liked to use old field names as this helped to perpetuate the town’s history. A primary source for the book is the 1758 map of Saffron Walden, as well as the 1843 Tithe Award map and other sources in Saffron Walden Town Library. Gathering all these sources together has resulted in a fascinating guide to the origins of the street names and place names of Saffron Walden, offering an unusual insight into the history of a unique and special place. The book is illustrated by local photographers, Gordon Ridgewell and the late David Campbell.

2 thoughts on “The Place Names of Saffron Walden

    1. saffronwaldenhistoricalsociety Post author

      Sorry we have no facilities for selling copies of any pictures used in the journal – most of them come from the town library, museum or private sources, whose permission is needed. But if they are postcards you might be able to find them on ebay now and then.


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