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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

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 11:06:13 (#61 of 463)

Dr Zhivago should have been filmed in Stepps.

Actually, no it shouldn't.

staticgirl - 23 Apr 2021 11:12:37 (#62 of 463)

I keep getting Chelmsford and Cheltenham mixed up.

HorstVogel - 23 Apr 2021 11:16:54 (#63 of 463)

Crayola, wise, especially if one has picked a cheap flight from an airport that is somewhere else. eg, a former boss thinking Airport Düsseldorf Regional was actually Düsseldorf Express Airport Mönchengladbach thus missed his flight as Weeze was about 50 miles away.

DonkeyOT - 23 Apr 2021 11:29:26 (#64 of 463)

#6 - There's also a Melbourne in Derbyshire.

There are three quite separate places called Crewe, one is in Virginia USA, the other two are both in Cheshire, and quite a few miles apart (but not as far as the one in USA).

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 11:30:15 (#65 of 463)

And there's a Crewe Toll in Edinburgh.

elderberry - 23 Apr 2021 11:34:21 (#66 of 463)

Places with the same name both in the same county are very annoying, a former colleague had the embarrassing task of retrieving the box of books, posters etc from the Carrig primary school that hadn't won it so that she could give it to the Carrig primary school that had. Weeping children, distraught teachers, outraged elected representatives.

elderberry - 23 Apr 2021 11:35:42 (#67 of 463)

Of course, neither school was in an actual village called Carrig, that would be way too easy.

DonkeyOT - 23 Apr 2021 11:38:08 (#68 of 463)

# 65 - I went to Edinburgh to renew my wife's Spanish passport, just after the independence referendum, I thought my English accent would provoke contempt - on the contrary they were the epitome of friendliness!

Delighted_User - 23 Apr 2021 11:42:00 (#69 of 463)

Devon - Bottom-right of England

Has it moved?

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 11:42:35 (#70 of 463)

Fordham, Cambridgeshire is at least in a different county from Fordham, Norfolk - but they're only about twenty miles apart.

There are loads of Fordhams around the place.

cozzer - 23 Apr 2021 11:43:43 (#71 of 463)

I keep getting Chelmsford and Cheltenham mixed up.

I know someone else who does that.

cozzer - 23 Apr 2021 11:43:54 (#72 of 463)

There's a Pennsylvania just outside Bath.

throstledoffer - 23 Apr 2021 11:44:29 (#73 of 463)

My friend's mum, on a first visit to Scotland for a family wedding, leapt off the train in panic on Penrith station. She thought she was in Cornwall.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 11:48:04 (#74 of 463)

My friend's mum, on a first visit to Scotland for a family wedding, leapt off the train in panic on Penrith station. She thought she was in Cornwall.

Heh! Remembering the stops on a childhood train journey from Glasgow to Blackpool, for years I wrongly remembered Penrith as being in Scotland.

bossab2 - 23 Apr 2021 11:49:27 (#75 of 463)

It took me a while to figure out that their are 2 Newcastles.

DonkeyOT - 23 Apr 2021 11:49:39 (#76 of 463)

Re my #68:-

Hour and a half to wait for the return train - went for a snack and a pint on station; barman amiably said, "What brings you guys up here then?" - "Spanish consulate to renew passport". He replied, "I've never been there", "Well no - why would you?". He said "Because my name's Juan García Martínez" as he pulled his i/d badge from his pocket and pinned it on.

True story!

HorstVogel - 23 Apr 2021 11:54:10 (#77 of 463)

remember on a holiday trip to Loch Ness. Anyway, looking at a road map I discovered there we two places call Moy, one on the road going East, one o the road going West.

good job neither were our destination.

JennyRad - 23 Apr 2021 11:57:37 (#78 of 463)

Some years ago I was playing an augmented reality game such that I sat at home and directed people to drive around doing things in specific places. I told a man in Manchester to go to Gosforth and gave him a CA20 - i.e. Carlisle - postcode.

Some hours later after we were deeply mystified by his disappearance he came back online to say he couldn't find where he was going, and it turned out he'd driven all the way to the Gosforth in Newcastle, because instead of putting the postcode in his satnav he'd just put Gosforth in.

That was annoying.

JohnIlly - 23 Apr 2021 12:04:43 (#79 of 463)

Devon - Bottom-right of England

Has it moved?

Looking down from Scotland, like the Rev, it is to the right.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 12:06:40 (#80 of 463)

My apologies. I do sometimes mix up left and right.

It is just as well I don't drive, right?

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