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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Amusing British Place Names

Hoghton Bottoms, Jockey End, Old Leake... Yep, these are all actual places in Great Britain.

Is it just me or does anyone else love looking at maps?? Maps have always fascinated me. Give me a proper map over a GPS any day! When we're on a journey I love looking at all the odd place names. There's Mr W trying to drive and me reading out obscure little village names.

What about Lacey Green or Snig's End? There's Turton Bottoms and Newton with Scales. Or how about Pickup Bank, Fenny Drayton and Foul Mile?

It's not just funny names that make studying maps so enjoyable, it's also the wealth of information you can gather. When I was about 11 I used to have penpals all over the world and I was always looking at the atlas seeing where they lived. Did they live near the sea? The mountains? What was the climate like? What could they grow in their country? What animals lived there?

I even love looking at the stats pages - population, languages, birth rates, death rates, education... everything really! I can look at an atlas for hours.

I'm looking forward to a long car journey this summer when we go camping. Wonder what places we'll come across this time? Need to make activity packs for the little Ws though so I can study the map in peace!!

I'll leave you with Throop, Bozeat and Slacks of Cairnbanno.

Any of you live in any of these places? Or maybe you live in another amusing place?? Feel free to add it to the list!


  1. Hi Vic!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I'm glad to find bloggers in England. We'll be moving to an area south of London in February after a brief time home in the USA. We've been living in various places in Europe for the past 13 years and are excited to be moving to England!
    You'll have to give Bled, Slovenia a try sometime! I understand EasyJet has flight to Ljubljana, Slovenia! Have a great weekend!

  2. Hey Tina, Bled's an interesting name too! You must've seen some wonderful places over the years:)

  3. I have a friend who lives in Marlow Bottom, and there's a place in Essex called Ugley.
    Joy xx

  4. Hi Joy, what is it with the Bottoms?? There seem to be a lot! Ah, yes, I'd heard of Ugley. Thanks for reminding me:) x


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