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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 13:15:23 (#101 of 463)

"Spacey Houses"

I just imagine it as a town filled with identical clones of a certain now disgraced actor.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 13:16:40 (#102 of 463)

It’s not a town - it’s not even big enough to be a suburb. It’s often frequented by red kites though.

Macpaddy - 23 Apr 2021 13:17:12 (#103 of 463)

Mountain Ash. A small rural town in Oregon, built with timber frame houses on wide unpaved roads.

Aberpennar. Why they use the English 'Mountain Ash' puzzles me. It is surrounded by Welsh named towns.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 13:19:20 (#104 of 463)

Bill Bryson described a place called Pine Mountain that he visited on his travels around the US. He commented that when he got there ‘Pine Flat Place’ would have been a more appropriate name.

DonkeyOT - 23 Apr 2021 13:21:35 (#105 of 463)

"Pine Plain" would be better.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 13:22:18 (#106 of 463)

It would, but it lacks the comedy value.

GrrrIbdis - 23 Apr 2021 13:23:38 (#107 of 463)

I am always surprised to hear that Hartlepool is up in the north east. My head has it next door to Clacton.

Eligelis - 23 Apr 2021 14:02:12 (#108 of 463)

Chorley should surely be a suburb of London.

HorstVogel - 23 Apr 2021 14:03:47 (#109 of 463)

with its posh wards Clayton-Le-Woods and Whittle-Le-Woods

Zymurgy1 - 23 Apr 2021 14:05:19 (#110 of 463)

New South Wales should be in Cornwall

browserbutton - 23 Apr 2021 14:07:16 (#111 of 463)

Ashby-de-la-Zouch sounds like it belongs in the pages of an Alexandre Dumas novel, rather than in Leicestershire.

JohnIlly - 23 Apr 2021 14:10:03 (#112 of 463)

When I first heard of Biggleswade I assumed it was in Yorkshire.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 16:02:28 (#113 of 463)

Cullercoats doesn’t even sound like a real place.

Macpaddy - 23 Apr 2021 16:52:38 (#114 of 463)

Nempnett Thrubwell.. Doesn't even belong in a novel.

JohnIlly - 23 Apr 2021 17:00:25 (#115 of 463)

I thought he was a LibDem MP.

TommyDGNR8 - 23 Apr 2021 17:05:41 (#116 of 463)

Looks like an anagram

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 17:37:56 (#117 of 463)

Cullercoats sounds like a paint company.

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 17:38:40 (#118 of 463)

Or an Old Testament nickname.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 17:39:17 (#119 of 463)

Hah, both of those!

DonkeyOT - 23 Apr 2021 17:55:11 (#120 of 463)

You lived somewhere that way didn't you, Coshipi?

Oh - and Indian Queens is in:-

Cornwall - as any fule no.

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