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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

JohnIlly - 23 Apr 2021 12:07:59 (#81 of 463)

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

At the mail order firm I worked for the chap in charge of looking after the addresses decided to do some tidying up. He used a program we had written to do this sort of thing and so put in a card to add UPON TYNE to all NEWCASTLE addresses.

elderberry - 23 Apr 2021 12:08:09 (#82 of 463)

Newcastle Co Down, Newcastle Co Dublin, Newcastle Co Tipperary, Newcastle West, Newcastlemountkennedy.

I'm sure there are loads of others.

JohnIlly - 23 Apr 2021 12:09:46 (#83 of 463)

We only dealt with the UK, but the embarrassment was still great.

elderberry - 23 Apr 2021 12:11:01 (#84 of 463)

Co Down = UK

Catspyjamas17 - 23 Apr 2021 12:12:31 (#85 of 463)

I get Swinton and Swindon mixed up. So Swindon sounds like it's in North West Manchester to me.

I thought Glamorgan was in Scotland for at least some of my childhood and the impression still remains. It reminds me of Moffat and Glenmorangie. And Glamis.

Also thought Andover was in Belgium. Like Anderlecht.

DonkeyOT - 23 Apr 2021 12:13:54 (#86 of 463)

Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffs.

Where the honourable poster Mrs Lovelady was at university!

HorstVogel - 23 Apr 2021 12:16:53 (#87 of 463)

there's a Newcastle castle located on Newcastle Hill, Newcastle, Bridgend.



Don't know the post code off hand.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 12:29:21 (#88 of 463)

Saltaire is a daft name.

No, it’s a perfectly logical name. It was built by Titus Salt on the banks of the river Aire: hence, Salt-Aire.

DonkeyOT - 23 Apr 2021 12:29:23 (#89 of 463)

# 87

TauCeti will know, he lives in that neck of the woods.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 12:29:41 (#90 of 463)

I get Swinton and Swindon mixed up. So Swindon sounds like it's in North West Manchester to me.

Oddly, there's a Swinton in the East End of Glasgow.

Newcastle = unimaginative name for a castle that's new, so no surprise there are loads of them. Then there's an archaic Scots/Old English term for building or 'work' - 'wark'. Hence Newark in Notts and the Newark Castle there. But there's also a Newark Castle in the borders and a well-known one in Posrt Glasgow.

RosyLovelady - 23 Apr 2021 12:42:33 (#91 of 463)

Saltaire may be logical but it's still daft.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 12:43:35 (#92 of 463)

No, it’s a lot less daft than other place names.

Explain Thornton-le-Beans. Or Blubberhouses.

elderberry - 23 Apr 2021 12:44:18 (#93 of 463)

There are hundreds of Newtowns in Ireland, townlands, villages and small towns, dating medieval to 18th century - actually, come to think of it, it's Newtownmountkennedy in Wicklow, not Newcastlemk - there's a separate Newcastle in the same county.

RosyLovelady - 23 Apr 2021 12:44:24 (#94 of 463)

It may be fewer daft, but it's stll daft.

SinnerBoy - 23 Apr 2021 12:53:23 (#95 of 463)

limegreen #47

Billericay should be in Ireland, not Essex.

It always makes me think of Lancashire.

Catspyjamas17 - 23 Apr 2021 12:54:13 (#96 of 463)

Essex sounds perfect to me, or east London anyway. BilleRICKAY!

bossab2 - 23 Apr 2021 12:58:18 (#97 of 463)

Saffron Walden always sounds too posh to be in Essex

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 12:59:29 (#98 of 463)

It does. Dagenham, OTOH ...

TommyDGNR8 - 23 Apr 2021 13:04:53 (#99 of 463)

Or Blubberhouses.

Or Spacey Houses. One of these days I'll actually take a detour to see Spacey Houses, though I know I'll be disappointed that it's not where the local pod people live in plastic bubbles.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 13:06:35 (#100 of 463)

You’ll be hugely disappointed. It’s a large BMW dealership, some new houses and a couple of bus-stops.

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