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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

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hailesaladdie - 30 Apr 2021 09:37:29 (#444 of 463)

Thorpe-le-Soken should be in a godforsaken part of North Lincs, long since abandoned by the fishing and shipping it depended on, but seeing some resurgence, thanks to its supply of cheap, attractive cottage-style housing, as a commuter village for Hull.

hailesaladdie - 30 Apr 2021 09:41:12 (#445 of 463)

Kettering should be a small town in the heart of the Netherlands, whose name derives from its place at the centre of the bicycle manufacturing industry. Every year, it has a festival that involves oddly dressed Dutch people riding their bikes in an elaborately choreographed stunt criss-crossing the town's many bridges.

CarlosFandango - 30 Apr 2021 09:44:45 (#446 of 463)

Somewhere along the pathetic country lane section of the main trunk road from London to Edinburgh, around Berwick, I passed a turn off for Oxford.

I also noticed the bizarre Aspatria on the Lakeland coast and had the same reflection as up-thread.

FleurDuMal - 30 Apr 2021 10:08:11 (#447 of 463)

Kettering should be a small town in the heart of the Netherlands, whose name derives from its place at the centre of the bicycle manufacturing industry.

On the occasions I’ve been there, it looks like it’s at the heart of the mobility scooter manufacturing industry.

Oh,and Excession is 100% right about Ben Rhydding.

cozzer - 30 Apr 2021 10:13:21 (#448 of 463)

a commuter village for Hull

Possibly the five most dispiriting words in the English language.

bossab2 - 30 Apr 2021 10:26:46 (#449 of 463)

Pratts Bottom should be...

TommyDGNR8 - 30 Apr 2021 10:29:03 (#450 of 463)

...embroidered on the arse of your jeans?

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Apr 2021 10:29:19 (#451 of 463)

Locksbottom.

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Apr 2021 10:29:38 (#452 of 463)

A place not a homophobic statement of unwarranted paranoia.

bossab2 - 30 Apr 2021 10:33:33 (#453 of 463)

Dungeness should be a part of Mordor

DonkeyOT - 30 Apr 2021 12:12:25 (#454 of 463)

I wish I could think of something sparklingly witty and original to say about Scotch Corner, but I can't.

So nothing new there then.

FleurDuMal - 30 Apr 2021 12:22:12 (#455 of 463)

‘Sheerness’ sounds like a description of a pair of tights.

hailesaladdie - 30 Apr 2021 12:24:46 (#456 of 463)

"Oh, you've got a pair of those Sheerness tights?"

"Yes, they're really thick - keep you very warm."

"Just how thick are they?"

"Well, you know the Denier scale? These are Climate Change Denier."

RosyLovelady - 30 Apr 2021 12:30:55 (#457 of 463)

No-o-o-o-o!

wickeltisch - 30 Apr 2021 12:39:16 (#458 of 463)

Dungeness should be a part of Mordor

Dungeness is a very odd looking place.

RosyLovelady - 30 Apr 2021 12:40:53 (#459 of 463)

Lovely bird sanctuary. We were greeted at the entrance by a yellow wagtail.

wickeltisch - 30 Apr 2021 12:41:53 (#460 of 463)

The place would look more out of this world without the power plant.

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Apr 2021 13:28:36 (#461 of 463)

And the wagtails wouldn't be yellow.

TommyDGNR8 - 30 Apr 2021 14:30:58 (#462 of 463)

Arf!

SinnerBoy - 01 May 2021 08:26:44 (#463 of 463)

Eligelis - #399

so, to go a-viking

Going up creeks is exactly what it means.

And I hadn't known about the Anglo Saxon "wic," ta, Boss.

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