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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

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.

pranzingfrogg - 23 Apr 2021 10:19:57 (#27 of 463)

It should have its own flag

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:20:17 (#28 of 463)

New York is near Summerbridge in North Yorkshire.

And at the south end of Loch Awe. Really.

Funny how places like Dallas, Boston, Washington etc sound American, noo.

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Tomnoddy - 23 Apr 2021 10:21:44 (#30 of 463)

Athelstaneford should be somewhere in the deep south-east.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:22:36 (#31 of 463)

Equally, the nearby Huntington.

staticgirl - 23 Apr 2021 10:22:48 (#32 of 463)

#4 I also have the same problem with Guinea.

breakfast - 23 Apr 2021 10:23:24 (#33 of 463)

#30

Or Wessex.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:25:32 (#34 of 463)

The appearance of a 'z' in a name - common in Cornwall - gives a false exoticism. From Marazion to Brazzaville doesn't sound very far.

pranzingfrogg - 23 Apr 2021 10:28:31 (#35 of 463)

Ashby de la Zouch, now there’s a puzzler

RosyLovelady - 23 Apr 2021 10:30:27 (#36 of 463)

Chapel en le Frith

Newton le Willows

TheExcession - 23 Apr 2021 10:31:16 (#37 of 463)

#24 Well it was essentially made up in the nineteenth century combining the name of the man who built it (Titus Salt) and the name of the river Aire.

Ben Rhydding in nearby Wharfedale is another made up Victorian name and I don't think it means anything at all.

thisonehasalittlehat - 23 Apr 2021 10:31:31 (#38 of 463)

Northampton.

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