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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

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.

Delighted_User - 23 Apr 2021 10:31:33 (#39 of 463)

I am always slightly surprised that Rotherhithe isn't in Scotland, having muddled it at an early age with Rothiemurchus.

I always think of Leicester as further east than it is, roughly on the same longitude as Peterborough. Periodically I look at a map and readjust my mental image, but it always shuffles back.

RosyLovelady - 23 Apr 2021 10:33:14 (#40 of 463)

Norwich is north of Birmingham which should be ok on account of the "Nor", but really isn't.

HorstVogel - 23 Apr 2021 10:33:18 (#41 of 463)

#38, you're right, far too north of Southampton, yet not North enough.

Shadrack22 - 23 Apr 2021 10:34:20 (#42 of 463)

Brazzaville. I assumed it was in Brazil.

Delighted_User - 23 Apr 2021 10:35:40 (#43 of 463)

Norwich is north of Birmingham

My God, you're right.

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 10:39:00 (#44 of 463)

Saltaire is a daft name.

No it's not! I taught - several part-time temporary contracts, on and off for three years - at Shipley College, which is in Saltaire. And the name just seems to fit the place perfectly.

Oh, okay. Daft it is.

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