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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

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.

HorstVogel - 23 Apr 2021 10:44:21 (#45 of 463)

keeping with salt, Salthill in Galway, I was wondering why this name?



It's even got a football team - Salthill Devon F.C.



Humans are bonkers

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 10:47:16 (#46 of 463)

Humans are bonkers

Indeed they are. That's how the species is still around.

limegreen - 23 Apr 2021 10:48:03 (#47 of 463)

Billericay should be in Ireland, not Essex.

Glamorgan should be in Scotland, not Wales.

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 10:49:25 (#48 of 463)

Glamorgan should be in Scotland, not Wales.

What? When it's two-thirds Morgan?

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:50:01 (#49 of 463)

Devon - Bottom-right of England

Devon Valley - emerges from the Ochil Hills in Central Scotland.

Duke of Devonshire - family seat is near Bakewell in Derbyshire.

Weird, intit?

Tomnoddy - 23 Apr 2021 10:50:25 (#50 of 463)

Sandbach should be somewhere in Germany. Or at least pronounced like it.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:50:37 (#51 of 463)

I know it's there but I'm puzzled at a Leicestershire village being called Great Glen.

HorstVogel - 23 Apr 2021 10:50:51 (#52 of 463)

I learned Leeds Castle was not in Leeds when playing Kingmaker during lunch break at school.

WibbleAgain - 23 Apr 2021 10:51:31 (#53 of 463)

I used to think Margate was somewhere near Blackpool, because they were often mentioned together in old novels, as cold and wet holiday resorts.

RosyLovelady - 23 Apr 2021 10:52:15 (#54 of 463)

Hainault shouldn't be up the Essex loop of the Central line, and Theydon Bois of course is simply up itself.

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 10:52:32 (#55 of 463)

used to think Margate was somewhere near Blackpool

When it ought to be a street in York.

limegreen - 23 Apr 2021 10:52:53 (#56 of 463)

#48 It must be Glen/Glam thing. Maybe the existence of Glasgow doesn't help. And Glamis Castle. It's purely a feeling thing.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:52:54 (#57 of 463)

arrives off ferry on Isle of Wight

gets on train

gets off train at Sandown

approaches rustic local

'Which way to the racecourse, mate?'

cozzer - 23 Apr 2021 10:57:35 (#58 of 463)

I always think Thurrock is in northern Scotland, possibly conflating it with Thurso/Wick.

Crayola - 23 Apr 2021 11:01:05 (#59 of 463)

Thurrock is defo in Scotland for me. Fortunately I found that out before I went to visit a call centre there that I was in charge of comms for. oops.

pranzingfrogg - 23 Apr 2021 11:04:35 (#60 of 463)

Chipping Ongar must have slipped eastward in the past. It should be in the Cotswolds somewhere along with Norton and Campden.

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