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jaygeemack
411778.  Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:20 am Reply with quote

Cardinal Richelieu wrote:
In Argyll and Bute, there is a very long and meandering mountain road which leads up to "Rest and be Thankful"
Beat you to it! post 309771

 
Lumpo31
411787.  Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:33 am Reply with quote

hashmcgandy wrote:
On the subject of outlandish place names, I remember passing through a place on the Welsh borders a few years back that was barely a kink in the road and a few houses. It's name - 'New Invention'. Now that's odd!
Welcome to the forums, hash!

We went through "New Invention" last Christmas. I think I may have mentioned it in this thread...ah, here it is!

EDIT: Actually in "Inappropriate Street Names" rather than this thread...

 
Cardinal Richelieu
411886.  Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:26 am Reply with quote

jaygeemack wrote:
Cardinal Richelieu wrote:
In Argyll and Bute, there is a very long and meandering mountain road which leads up to "Rest and be Thankful"
Beat you to it! post 309771



Ah. Rat's cocks. Soz about that.

 
mckeonj
411936.  Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:32 am Reply with quote

Hampton Wick and Hampton Gay in Oxfordshire; and then Littlehampton and Great Hampden; oh, chortle!
I would hate to live in Orford Ness.

 
Celebaelin
411941.  Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:55 am Reply with quote

AFAIK neither this nor the Inappropriate Place Names thread has as yet featured

Long Itchington
or
Bishops Itchington

I don't think they've even emerged as Liffs and if not I will strive to correct that.

 
Celebaelin
411942.  Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:59 am Reply with quote

How wrong I was

pyriform wrote:
Bishops Itchington


JumpingJack wrote:
Bishop's Itchington n

(MED) Scrotal alopecia caused by prolonged exposure to High Borrans (qv).

 
justifiedsinner
438200.  Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:00 am Reply with quote

There's a place on the Isle of Arran I once went to for a walk specifically because it's called Thundergay. It's not that exciting, and you'd miss it if you weren't looking. The walk from there up to a lock is rather pleaseant.

It came up in an English Language tutorial I had about 3 months later on Place Names and it turns out it is derived from Gailic which I can't remember but which translates as 'back to the wind' I remember chortling heartily at this point.

 
ikkan
443325.  Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:33 pm Reply with quote

There's a lovely little place called Poisoned Glen in Northern Ireland...

And Bitchfield in Lincolnshire...

A stream in the Lakes is called Sour Milk Gill...

Also in the Lakes there is Cat Bells and also Tongue...

 
ikkan
443326.  Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:38 pm Reply with quote

justifiedsinner wrote:
There's a place on the Isle of Arran I once went to for a walk specifically because it's called Thundergay.


I have no exact reference for Thundergay, but Thunor was an Old English god and appears in the place-name Thundersley. The 'gay' element may be Old English *gē, meaning district or region. Though I'd need to do more research to be certain.

 
Aurora30uk
476818.  Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:34 am Reply with quote

I have vague recollections of driving past a place called Upper Pratts Bottom!

 
CodJohn
476933.  Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:43 am Reply with quote

There's a place in Trøndelag in Norway called Hell

A bunch of American tourists once ordered a lot of train tickets from Hell to some other place. The train company had to add some extra wagons to the train in order to have enough seats. None of them showed up for the travel. They'd simply kept the ticket as an "insurance" in case of a bad afterlife. Or as a souvenir :P

 
nitwit02
477746.  Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:26 pm Reply with quote

I think I may have mentioned it in another thread, but there is a village in Kent called Pratt's Bottom.

 
Starfish13
478103.  Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:38 am Reply with quote

CodJohn wrote:
There's a place in Trøndelag in Norway called Hell


There's a Hell Bay on Bryher in the Scilly Isles.

 
Southpaw
478235.  Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:45 am Reply with quote

I noticed earlier on a map that there is a place near Walsall called New Invention. I imagine the whole place is populated by Professor Frink-esque characters riding rocket bikes and tinkering with robots. Either that or it's full of Brummy chavs.

 
jsp
478238.  Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:52 am Reply with quote

We have a Paradise Bottom near us. And Nempnett Thrubwell, which sounds like something the League of Gentlemen might have made up.

 

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