10.26.2007

Silly British Town Names

The following town names are all true, and for their veracity, I point to the 1999 Ordnance Survey Motoring Atlas of Britain. (Now in tatters, aquired on our honeymoon.) This list was compiled long ago, after several silly late nights with the Elevens. Feel free to add any that we've missed (this list is by no means exhaustive. Those Brits are way too prolific with their silliness.)

Towns named after animals

Catbrain (been there! Above Bristol.)

Catworth

Dog Village

Weston-Under-Lizard

...and body parts

Upper Sharp Nose

Lower Sharp Nose

Long Nose Spit

Maidenhead

Devil's Elbow

Leatherhead

Axmouth

Guy's Head

Greenhead

Braintree

...and a lot about bottoms and stains

Prat's Bottom

5 Mile Bottom

6 Mile Bottom

Butcombe

Butsfield

Toot Hill Butts (actually a road near C.S. Lewis' house in Oxford.)

Staines

Stainforth

Staindrop

....strange & unpleasant diseases

Burnfoot

Cockshutt

Dramrash

Sotshole

and the ones about food:

Beer

Ham

Fakenham

Bacon End

Hamstarley

Heartburn

Buttertubs

Cheesefoothead (one of my very favourites)

Chard

Chew Magna

...now that's too silly:

Wigtwizzle

Seething

Mold

Moss

Mitton

Goosey

Puckelchurch

Ballybofey

Dingley

Hoo

Dallinghoo

Netherwallop

Blean

Bleasby

Ashton-Upon-Ribble

Baslow-With-Bubnell

.....I've left the best for last (drumroll...)

Great Heck

Netherthong

Wetwang

Whaplode

7 comments:

**Ms. Franklin** said...

****COMMENT****

Ah yes, the beautiful Heartburn, England. Not to be upstaged by Damrash, I mean Dramrash.

Camille said...

I can hardly type, my eyes are watering.

rosa said...

And I forgot to add 'Wookie Hole' and 'Meathop'.

jessica said...

oh england and your dirty medieval town names. there's somewhere called nasty, and my favourite which isn't really rude/unpleasant/funny, but still daft, 'pink green,' though i do get copious amounts of pleasure saying stow on the wold. bill bryson talks about the wonders of english town/village names a lot in his books. an excellent list so far though, very comprehensive.

Anna (TheAnglofile.net) said...

Oh, but how could you miss out upper and lower Piddle?

When I was a kid my Dad used to do a detour when we went on holiday, just to go through the Piddles....

But we're not the only ones with silly/rude place names. I have in fact been to Wanker's Corner in Oregon!

Anna.

huw jorgan said...

Penistone is my favourite, "hard to beat"

Mark said...

Just for info, the village of Ham that you mention above is right nearby the town of Sandwich in Kent!

If you click on my name, there's a photo of a sign showing distances to both places.

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