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Started by TommyDGNR8 on Apr 23, 2021 9:41:43 AM
Places that aren't where you think they should be

This is probably another "just me" thing, but does anyone else associate place names with entirely different locations?

A few examples:

Durham - Down Cornwall way somewhere (this possibly stems from childhood confusion with durum wheat and the notion that arable farming was common in the deep south.

Pontefract - between Pontypridd and Pontypool, obvs.

Ramsbottom - faded south coast holiday resort

Garstang - a dodgy Glasgow housing scheme

TheExcession - 23 Apr 2021 10:02:03 (#7 of 463)

I often find that I have a mental image of the layout of certain cities that's probably been assembled somehow from seeing them on television, and then when I get there I find that they aren't like that at all.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:02:03 (#8 of 463)

Garstang does definitely sound Scottish.

Pontefract is one of those exotic names that don't seem to belong anywhere, not in the 21st century, anyway. Never been there but other entrants in the category can be frightfully dull holes, eg, Alexandria, Aspatria.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:02:44 (#9 of 463)

Houston is west of Glasgow - no, not that far west of Glasgow!

And Dallas is in Moray.

darkhorse - 23 Apr 2021 10:02:50 (#10 of 463)

Dewsbury - in Manchester (perhaps thinking of Didsbury)

Halifax - the Midlands (think I have it and Walsall mixed up)

Penarth - Cornwall (Look, it's starts with "Pen", alright?)

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 10:03:53 (#11 of 463)

Alexandria is indeed a dull hole, but it doesn't take long to get out into the most glorious scenery. Actually, Aspatria likewise.

OldLefty - 23 Apr 2021 10:06:51 (#12 of 463)

Pen-y-ghent obviously should be in Wales, and Chapel-en-le-Frith in France.

breakfast - 23 Apr 2021 10:06:54 (#13 of 463)

Halifax is a very Northern name to me. Don’t know why especially -

The town's name was recorded in about 1091 as Halyfax, from the Old English halh-gefeaxe, meaning "area of coarse grass in the nook of land".

Could be anywhere. With coarse grass. In England.

OldLefty - 23 Apr 2021 10:07:36 (#14 of 463)

And when did Kirklees get moved from Scotland?

darkhorse - 23 Apr 2021 10:09:35 (#15 of 463)

It isn't?!

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 10:09:58 (#16 of 463)

New York is near Summerbridge in North Yorkshire.

breakfast - 23 Apr 2021 10:10:07 (#17 of 463)

Ally fax sounds more Northern to me than Leeds really. Leeds is a peculiar name.

Sabacious - 23 Apr 2021 10:11:10 (#18 of 463)

Leeds is in Kent, of course.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 10:11:18 (#19 of 463)

I remember embarrassing myself massively when Argentina invaded the Falklands.

I thought they were off the coast of Scotland.

quartus - 23 Apr 2021 10:11:46 (#20 of 463)

Newton St Boswells sounds archetypically Southern English to my ears, but it's in the Scottish Borders.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 10:12:07 (#21 of 463)

Leeds is a peculiar name.

We posh folk still refer to it as ‘Leodis’.

breakfast - 23 Apr 2021 10:12:54 (#22 of 463)

The name derives from the old Brythonic word Ladenses meaning "people of the fast-flowing river", in reference to the River Aire that flows through the city.

Like the Aire is fast. Pfft.

pranzingfrogg - 23 Apr 2021 10:15:57 (#23 of 463)

For a while in my young days I was sure Torquay was in France (probably mixing it up with Le Touquet).

And I still don’t accept that Fitzrovia is in London. It’s an exotic behind the times principality next door to Ruritania.

RosyLovelady - 23 Apr 2021 10:18:28 (#24 of 463)

Saltaire is a daft name.

breakfast - 23 Apr 2021 10:19:07 (#25 of 463)

Drop a letter and it could be in Scotland.

Tomnoddy - 23 Apr 2021 10:19:33 (#26 of 463)

Leith Hill shouldn't be where it is.

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