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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

Tylenol - 27 Apr 2021 13:24:53 (#401 of 463)

I'd understood -wick and -wich came from the roman administrative district, the vicus.

cozzer - 27 Apr 2021 13:29:06 (#402 of 463)

<Scottish accent>

Nantwich... Northwich... Norwich... Hull

<house music>

bossab2 - 27 Apr 2021 13:30:01 (#403 of 463)

Milton Keynes should be in California.

barkis - 27 Apr 2021 13:31:52 (#404 of 463)

According to Wikipedia

A "-wich town" is a settlement in Anglo-Saxon England characterised by extensive artisanal activity and trade – an "emporium". The name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon suffix -wīc, signifying "a dwelling[1] or fortified[2] place" ... By the eleventh century, the use of -wich in placenames had been extended to include areas associated with salt production.

bossab2 - 27 Apr 2021 13:32:49 (#405 of 463)

Like Northwich ( which sits on a Salt Mine)

TommyDGNR8 - 27 Apr 2021 13:43:12 (#406 of 463)

Nantwich also had a salt mine which became ICI's document storage facility.

DonkeyOT - 27 Apr 2021 16:15:58 (#407 of 463)

Nantwich has a truly magnificently beautiful Parish Church (partly !4th C) paid for Wynkin de Worde, the town was destroyed by a fire caused by a "Dabber" brewing ale. Queen Elizabeth I paid for the reconstruction), despite that the town was passionately Cromwellian.

The "Sealed Knot" commemorate the Battle of Nantwich every year; I never go - they're wankers.

They are called dabbers because their main industry (apart from salt) was tannery, which entailed daubing (i.e. dabbing) hides in shit and piss.

They used to have a magnificent performance of "Messiah" every December - I never missed, not sure why they ceased - money, I suppose.


thisonehasalittlehat - 27 Apr 2021 16:22:51 (#408 of 463)

wasn't Wynkin de worde from the 15/16th century? I assume he paid for the later bits.

thisonehasalittlehat - 27 Apr 2021 16:23:38 (#409 of 463)

I always think he was lucky printing popped up when it did with a name like that. Or he may have had to have a career associated with Wynkin. And that sounds a bit bleak.

DonkeyOT - 27 Apr 2021 16:24:31 (#410 of 463)

I think he paid for the church re-construction.

thisonehasalittlehat - 27 Apr 2021 16:25:28 (#411 of 463)

I wonder if it saved his soul. Have to ask when I have an opportunity.

coshipi - 27 Apr 2021 16:32:04 (#412 of 463)

which entailed daubing (ie dabbing) hides in shit and piss

Hence Lieđđi's reaction here:

InternationalVicar - 28 Apr 2021 10:17:16 (#413 of 463)

Gordano. The M5 Riviera.

Leigh Delamere. The aristocratic part of the M4.

Norton Canes: A day out in itself with complete with entrance fee at the M6 tollbooth.

bossab2 - 28 Apr 2021 10:21:59 (#414 of 463)


Gateway to the North !

redginger - 29 Apr 2021 21:29:47 (#415 of 463)

My Nephew lives in Kempton Germany. It always sounds as though it should be somewhere in England.

FGBFGB - 29 Apr 2021 21:31:28 (#416 of 463)

Between Hampton and Sunbury, in the flatlands of south Middlesex.

barkis - 29 Apr 2021 21:36:54 (#417 of 463)


FGBFGB - 29 Apr 2021 21:37:28 (#418 of 463)

Kempton Park.

HorstVogel - 29 Apr 2021 21:38:38 (#419 of 463)

Carcassonne, I know where it is as I have been there, before that though for some reason I had thought it was somewhere North East of Paris.

Good job I checked properly before going to holiday there.

bossab2 - 29 Apr 2021 21:53:39 (#420 of 463)

Counties are slippery though:

Can you label your Berks/ Bucks / Herts correctly.

And pin Rutland in the right place on the UK map ?

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