Margaret Gelling

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Margaret Joy Gelling, OBE (née Midgley, 29 November 1924 – 24 April 2009) was an English toponymist, known for her extensive studies of English place-names.wikipedia
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Margaret Joy Gelling, OBE (née Midgley, 29 November 1924 – 24 April 2009) was an English toponymist, known for her extensive studies of English place-names.
Margaret Gelling

English Place-Name Society

EnglishSurvey of English Place Names
She served as President of the English Place-Name Society from 1986 to 1998, and Vice-President of the International Council of Onomastic Sciences from 1993 to 1999, as well as being a Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, and member of both the Society of Antiquaries of London and the British Academy.
When Professor Bruce Dickins succeeded as Honorary Director the Society moved to the University of Cambridge, and Miss Margaret Midgley (later Dr Margaret Gelling) was appointed Research Assistant.

Chislehurst School for Girls

Chislehurst and Sidcup Girls’ Grammar SchoolChislehurst Grammar SchoolCounty School for Girls
As a child, her family moved to Sidcup in Kent, and she gained her secondary education from Chislehurst Grammar School.
Margaret Gelling OBE, toponymist

Order of the British Empire

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Margaret Joy Gelling, OBE (née Midgley, 29 November 1924 – 24 April 2009) was an English toponymist, known for her extensive studies of English place-names.

International Council of Onomastic Sciences

She served as President of the English Place-Name Society from 1986 to 1998, and Vice-President of the International Council of Onomastic Sciences from 1993 to 1999, as well as being a Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, and member of both the Society of Antiquaries of London and the British Academy.

St Hilda's College, Oxford

St Hilda's CollegeSt HildaSt. Hilda's College
She served as President of the English Place-Name Society from 1986 to 1998, and Vice-President of the International Council of Onomastic Sciences from 1993 to 1999, as well as being a Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, and member of both the Society of Antiquaries of London and the British Academy. The first member of her family to attend university, she studied English language and literature at St Hilda's College, Oxford, where she was influenced by Dorothy Whitelock, who inspired her interest in place-names.

Society of Antiquaries of London

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She served as President of the English Place-Name Society from 1986 to 1998, and Vice-President of the International Council of Onomastic Sciences from 1993 to 1999, as well as being a Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, and member of both the Society of Antiquaries of London and the British Academy.

The British Academy

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She served as President of the English Place-Name Society from 1986 to 1998, and Vice-President of the International Council of Onomastic Sciences from 1993 to 1999, as well as being a Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, and member of both the Society of Antiquaries of London and the British Academy.

Manchester

Manchester, EnglandMancunianCity of Manchester
Born in Manchester and raised in Kent, she studied at St Hilda's College, becoming involved in socialist activism.

Kent

County of KentKent, EnglandCounty Kent
Born in Manchester and raised in Kent, she studied at St Hilda's College, becoming involved in socialist activism.

Oxfordshire

County of OxfordCounty of OxfordshireOxford
She proceeded to work for the English Place-Name Society from 1946 to 1953, focusing her research on the place-names of Oxfordshire and Berkshire. She continued to work here for eight years, focusing her research on expanding and collating the place-names of Oxfordshire and Berkshire, a project that had been started before her by Frank Merry Stenton and his wife Lady Doris Stenton; her work in this field would see publication as the two volume The Place-Names of Oxfordshire (1953–54).

Berkshire

Berkscounty of BerkshireRoyal County of Berkshire
She proceeded to work for the English Place-Name Society from 1946 to 1953, focusing her research on the place-names of Oxfordshire and Berkshire. She continued to work here for eight years, focusing her research on expanding and collating the place-names of Oxfordshire and Berkshire, a project that had been started before her by Frank Merry Stenton and his wife Lady Doris Stenton; her work in this field would see publication as the two volume The Place-Names of Oxfordshire (1953–54).

University of Birmingham

BirminghamBirmingham UniversityThe University of Birmingham
Marrying archaeologist Peter Gelling of the University of Birmingham in 1952, she moved to Harborne in Birmingham while undertaking her PhD research into the place-names of West Berkshire.

Harborne

Harborne HeathHarborne, Birmingham
Marrying archaeologist Peter Gelling of the University of Birmingham in 1952, she moved to Harborne in Birmingham while undertaking her PhD research into the place-names of West Berkshire.

The Midlands

MidlandsEnglish MidlandsMidland
Lecturing on the subject across the Midlands, she published her research in a series of books, achieving prominence within academia for her 1978 work Signposts to the Past: The Geographical Roots of Britain's Place-names.

Shropshire

SalopCounty of SalopSAL
In the coming decades she focused on researching the place-names of Shropshire, resulting in a multi-volume publication, earning a number of awards and prominent appointments for her life's work.

Old English

Anglo-SaxonSaxonAnglo Saxon
Gelling's work focused on establishing the Old English origins of English place-names in the Midlands, and her approach sought to connect toponyms to geographical features in the landscape.

Sidcup

New Generation ChurchSidcup UDSidcup West
As a child, her family moved to Sidcup in Kent, and she gained her secondary education from Chislehurst Grammar School.

Dorothy Whitelock

Whitelock, Dorothy
The first member of her family to attend university, she studied English language and literature at St Hilda's College, Oxford, where she was influenced by Dorothy Whitelock, who inspired her interest in place-names.

Communist Party of Great Britain

Communist PartyCommunistCommunists
Politically a socialist, at Oxford she had joined the Communist Party of Great Britain, and enjoyed arguing politics with her right-wing family.

Cambridge

Cambridge, EnglandCambridge, UKCambridge, United Kingdom
Working for a year as a temporary civil servant in London, in 1946 she gained employment as a research assistant with the English Place-Name Society, based in Cambridge.

Frank Stenton

Stenton, Sir Frank M.Sir Frank StentonF. M. Stenton
She continued to work here for eight years, focusing her research on expanding and collating the place-names of Oxfordshire and Berkshire, a project that had been started before her by Frank Merry Stenton and his wife Lady Doris Stenton; her work in this field would see publication as the two volume The Place-Names of Oxfordshire (1953–54).

University of London

LondonLondon Universitythe University of London
She would undertake research for a PhD from the University of London by correspondence, supervised by Albert Hugh Smith; devoted to the place-names of West Berkshire, her thesis was completed in 1957.

Albert Hugh Smith

A.H. SmithHugh Smith
She would undertake research for a PhD from the University of London by correspondence, supervised by Albert Hugh Smith; devoted to the place-names of West Berkshire, her thesis was completed in 1957.

Labour Party (UK)

Labour PartyLabourBritish Labour Party
Having left the Communist Party, she still considered herself "very left-wing", campaigning on behalf of the local branch of the centre-left Labour Party.