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    I wrote a recent blog post (http://www.coryographies.blogspot.co...ing-place.html) on favourite British Place names and it got me wondering - I bet you all have some too! Britain has some pretty hilarious and charming village names, especially in Dorset and Cornwall, and the Lake District on Google Earth was a minefield of ones that gave me a little chuckle.

    I think my favourite has to be Appleby-in-Westmorland. It sounds delicious! Some are funny - Crapstone is a bit unfortunate - and Coldcomfort, what in the world...?
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    There's a place near me called Willey, and Barton-in-the-Beans
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    • #3
      Puddletown, Piddletrenthide, Piddlehinton, Fontmell Magna, Cherry Orchard

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      • #4
        The village of Dull in Scotland has officially been twinned with the town of Boring in Oregon.
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        • #5
          I always smile when I drive past signs for Nempnett Thrubwell near Bath in Somerset, and I used to live at Whitney Bottom.
          I think one of the prettiest names nearby is Chilton Cantelo.

          Melanie

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            • #7
              and we have North Piddle and Wyre Piddle just down the road. Honestly they did bottle the water from a local spring for a time and obviously called it Piddle water.

              David
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                I'm sure Piddle water would be very good for you.
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                • #9
                  There's two villages in Norfolk called Great Snoring and Little Snoring.
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                  • #10
                    We have a place near us called Nitshill in Glasgow
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                    • #11
                      We have Stow-cum-Quay near us in Cambridgeshire & I believe there's a Pratt's Bottom in London.

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                      • #12
                        I always imagine get-togethers between the Idle Working Men's Club (Yorkshire) and the Loose (Kent) Women's Institute - oh, and many years ago, when I lived in East Anglia, there was a family by the surname of Gotobed who came from Great (or was it Little?) Snoring ...

                        As an old woman, I've allowed to be rude. I like Lord Hereford's Knob on the edge of the Black Mountains, just west of the English-Welsh border, and Sandy Balls in Hampshire.

                        However, for those of you who understand OS references, go to SD737585 and snigger at the farm name ; I am NOT going to write it!

                        I am pretty sure that those of you who find it will agree that it wins most contests ...


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                        • #13
                          Theres 3 that come to mind in my area.

                          Theres "no place" another called "pity me" & a strange village with a sign post "once brewed" if you enter it from the east, & it has a sign post "twice brewed" if you enter from the west !

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Wood Whistler View Post
                            a sign post "once brewed" if you enter it from the east, & it has a sign post "twice brewed" if you enter from the west !
                            Yes, and oddly it's at the other end of the country to Beer - which itself isn't anywhere near Sandwich!


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