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1327750.  Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:39 pm Reply with quote

This made me laugh so much I just had to share it:

1327754.  Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:16 pm Reply with quote

Well I guess if there was no such place before - there probably is now!

1327755.  Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:30 pm Reply with quote

One of the comments on the piece to which Guy links refers to "Beesworth Estate, twinned with Nid Wyf yn y Swyddfa Industrial Park in South Wales".

I didn't at once know what that was all about, but then I thought that this would be a good time to mention another road sign cock up from a few years ago. And in fact, "Nid Wyf yn y Swyddfa Industrial Park" is a reference to the very cock up that I had in mind. You can read about that one here.

1329033.  Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:24 am Reply with quote

there is a place in Lancashire called queens camel

1329121.  Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:49 am Reply with quote

I meant ramsbottom, queens camel is in berkshire

1329138.  Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:57 am Reply with quote

Queen Camel is in fact in Somerset. Its name is usually taken to refer to a cantmael (a Medieval Welsh word for a piece of hilly land) which was owned by Eleanor of Provence in around 1250.

Ramsbottom is indeed in Lancashire. Its name is Old English and botm means a valley, but what the first element means is disputed. It could be ramm, a ram, or hramsa, wild garlic, and at this distance there is no way to know which was originally meant.

1329146.  Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:34 am Reply with quote

there's also a place in Oxfordshire called backside lane and many in the uk contain the a certain body part

1331078.  Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:12 pm Reply with quote

Talking about a road sign cock-up - what about the time in Wales that somebody took an automatic email reply as a translation and put in on a sign...

1333010.  Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:31 pm Reply with quote

Janet H
1336349.  Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:36 pm Reply with quote

The A46 just north of Leiceter, used to have a sign for the Lay-bye

1336362.  Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:10 pm Reply with quote

If we can extend to road layout and road signage cock-ups in general there's a rich source of material in the Warrington Cycle Campaign's Facility of the Month archive.

Sadly, they seem to have given up on adding new entries earlier this year.


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