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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

carterbrandon - 26 Apr 2021 17:22:52 (#381 of 463)

#379: Jackie Wilson Says, by Dexys

carterbrandon - 26 Apr 2021 17:24:39 (#382 of 463)

#369: You are thinking of Torpenhow (Hill).

Had a holiday cottage there. Lovely cottage, sinister village.

JohnIlly - 26 Apr 2021 17:32:01 (#383 of 463)

Torpenhow Hill is hill hill hill hill

Pendle Hill is just hill hill hill

Crayola - 26 Apr 2021 17:39:49 (#384 of 463)

Anything on the east side of the UK that ends with 'by'. The 'by' is Danish (pronounced 'bu') for town. It's also where you get 'by-law' from as in a town law.

FleurDuMal - 26 Apr 2021 17:41:14 (#385 of 463)

Loads of those names around Yorkshire - Wetherby, Selby, Huby - I could probably find more if I looked.

Crayola - 26 Apr 2021 17:46:02 (#386 of 463)

Yep. All viking names.

FleurDuMal - 26 Apr 2021 17:50:01 (#387 of 463)

Well Yorkshire used to be the stamping ground of a Viking character called Eric Bloodaxe.

RosyLovelady - 26 Apr 2021 17:57:48 (#388 of 463)

There are Viking places on the Wirral too: Pensby, Greasby, Frankby, Irby.

RosyLovelady - 26 Apr 2021 17:59:55 (#389 of 463)

Also Crosby and Formby on the Lancashire side of the Mersey.

Crayola - 26 Apr 2021 18:00:12 (#390 of 463)

We got around.

RosyLovelady - 26 Apr 2021 18:01:15 (#391 of 463)

No one would want to live in Blaby, though.

thisonehasalittlehat - 26 Apr 2021 18:32:26 (#392 of 463)

There's a medieval poem called havelock the dane that's set in grimsby. It's about vikings.

JohnIlly - 26 Apr 2021 18:37:59 (#393 of 463)

. . . and fish?

thisonehasalittlehat - 26 Apr 2021 18:38:23 (#394 of 463)

Fish feature from memory.

bossab2 - 26 Apr 2021 18:52:45 (#395 of 463)

grimsby

is well named

Eligelis - 27 Apr 2021 10:07:25 (#396 of 463)

At least it had it own Composer - Eric Korsicov

Surely everyone has heard of the Grimsby-Korsicov.

coshipi - 27 Apr 2021 11:53:02 (#397 of 463)

Grimsby? Cor, sick of it I am...

SinnerBoy - 27 Apr 2021 12:10:43 (#398 of 463)

Rosylovelady #388

There are Viking places on the Wirral too: Pensby, Greasby, Frankby, Irby.

Nantwich, Northwich, Norwich... All "viks" - creeks.

Eligelis - 27 Apr 2021 12:19:38 (#399 of 463)

so, to go a-viking is to go a-creaking?

coshipi - 27 Apr 2021 13:21:42 (#400 of 463)

Vik is surely more "bay" than "creek"...although I think perhaps it can be any kind of inlet.

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