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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 10:02:44 (#9 of 463)

Houston is west of Glasgow - no, not that far west of Glasgow!

And Dallas is in Moray.

darkhorse - 23 Apr 2021 10:02:50 (#10 of 463)

Dewsbury - in Manchester (perhaps thinking of Didsbury)

Halifax - the Midlands (think I have it and Walsall mixed up)

Penarth - Cornwall (Look, it's starts with "Pen", alright?)

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 10:03:53 (#11 of 463)

Alexandria is indeed a dull hole, but it doesn't take long to get out into the most glorious scenery. Actually, Aspatria likewise.

OldLefty - 23 Apr 2021 10:06:51 (#12 of 463)

Pen-y-ghent obviously should be in Wales, and Chapel-en-le-Frith in France.

breakfast - 23 Apr 2021 10:06:54 (#13 of 463)

Halifax is a very Northern name to me. Don’t know why especially -

The town's name was recorded in about 1091 as Halyfax, from the Old English halh-gefeaxe, meaning "area of coarse grass in the nook of land".

Could be anywhere. With coarse grass. In England.

OldLefty - 23 Apr 2021 10:07:36 (#14 of 463)

And when did Kirklees get moved from Scotland?

darkhorse - 23 Apr 2021 10:09:35 (#15 of 463)

It isn't?!

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 10:09:58 (#16 of 463)

New York is near Summerbridge in North Yorkshire.

breakfast - 23 Apr 2021 10:10:07 (#17 of 463)

Ally fax sounds more Northern to me than Leeds really. Leeds is a peculiar name.

Sabacious - 23 Apr 2021 10:11:10 (#18 of 463)

Leeds is in Kent, of course.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 10:11:18 (#19 of 463)

I remember embarrassing myself massively when Argentina invaded the Falklands.

I thought they were off the coast of Scotland.

quartus - 23 Apr 2021 10:11:46 (#20 of 463)

Newton St Boswells sounds archetypically Southern English to my ears, but it's in the Scottish Borders.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 10:12:07 (#21 of 463)

Leeds is a peculiar name.

We posh folk still refer to it as ‘Leodis’.

breakfast - 23 Apr 2021 10:12:54 (#22 of 463)

The name derives from the old Brythonic word Ladenses meaning "people of the fast-flowing river", in reference to the River Aire that flows through the city.

Like the Aire is fast. Pfft.

pranzingfrogg - 23 Apr 2021 10:15:57 (#23 of 463)

For a while in my young days I was sure Torquay was in France (probably mixing it up with Le Touquet).

And I still don’t accept that Fitzrovia is in London. It’s an exotic behind the times principality next door to Ruritania.

RosyLovelady - 23 Apr 2021 10:18:28 (#24 of 463)

Saltaire is a daft name.

breakfast - 23 Apr 2021 10:19:07 (#25 of 463)

Drop a letter and it could be in Scotland.

Tomnoddy - 23 Apr 2021 10:19:33 (#26 of 463)

Leith Hill shouldn't be where it is.

pranzingfrogg - 23 Apr 2021 10:19:57 (#27 of 463)

It should have its own flag

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:20:17 (#28 of 463)

New York is near Summerbridge in North Yorkshire.

And at the south end of Loch Awe. Really.

Funny how places like Dallas, Boston, Washington etc sound American, noo.

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