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Walks and Unusual Place Names

Discussion in 'Other Chatter' started by lee1962, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. lee1962

    lee1962 Member

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    When I go walking in the Peak District part of the reason for me visiting a location might well be its unusual name. I'm wondering if anyone else takes this into account. In the Peak District some unusual names are 'Surprise View' 'Toad's Mouth' and High Low. There are many more.
     
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    Its not the reason I walk in certain places, but I'm always interested in how they came by their names.

    Rob
     
  3. John Fenna

    John Fenna Lifetime Member & Maker

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    I love odd name places

    Some of my favourites (names, not necessarily the places)
    Spittal on the Street
    Wetwang
    Englishmans Grave (South Africa)
    Hope (I would love to be able to say "I live in Hope" and mean it)
    Halfway (to where exactly?)
    Little Piddle

    On walks , like the OP, I would even make detours to visit unusually named places - discoveries made this way include both "Ludd's Church" and "The Cat and Fiddle" pub
    - both are worth a visit if you are near the Peak district :)
     
  4. boatman

    boatman Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    For some reason The Bridge of Orchy is my favourite name but plain village names like Shop or just Bridge run it close. Distressing that there is a move to bowlderise some existing names in order to remove references to bottoms and the like. In Wiltshire it was reassuring to know that one would be walking through a Sound Bottom at times.
     
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    Kerne Maker

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    Knockin in Shropshire - I'd love to own the shop there...:rolleyes: (I'll get me coat.)
     
  6. Reverend Graham

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    There's a place in the Scottish Isles called Twatt, honest, Google it :)

    Rev G
     
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    santaman2000 M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Nearby to me now is a small town called Niceville. It's located on Boggy Bayou near Choctawhatchie Bay. Growing up back in Mississippi I remember towns like Eastabutchie and Hot Coffee.
     
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    I have always found place names interesting, often they are found to have some historical context. When walking I am often drawn to odd and unusual things like place names, names of buildings and woods, unusual gravestones, odd signposts, etc etc, anything out of the ordinary.

    A small selection of place names I have come across while walking, all in Shropshire Worcestershire or Herefordshire:--

    Bedlam / The Bog / Titterstone / Ticklerton / Drinkers End / Druggers End / Snailbeach / Hope / Ratlinghope / Diddlebury / Haytons Bent / Trumpet / Ripple / Betton Strange / Hook A Gate / Twitchen / Hole in the Wall / Clive / Wigwig.

    I often gaze at headstones in old country churchyards looking for unusual ones, one that catched my eye read as follows:--

    Remember you that pass me by
    As you are so was i
    And as I am so you must be
    So remember this and think on me
     
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    GGTBod Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Back in my hardcore raver days of my youth i was very happy wandering the streets of Rotterdam when i turned onto a street named Harddraverstraat
     
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  10. John Fenna

    John Fenna Lifetime Member & Maker

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    Been there - Orkney Mainland :)
    No name plate on the roadside anymore - but you can buy reproductions in Kirkwall :)
     
  11. Mesquite

    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

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    I seem to recall reading somewhere they removed it because it kept getting stolen :)
     
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    Johnnyboy1971 Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Not actually a place but a road name, Pocket Handkerchief lane.
     
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    Johnnyboy1971 Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Always thought this was a joke.
     

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    John Fenna Lifetime Member & Maker

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    How very odd.......
     
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    John Fenna Lifetime Member & Maker

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    Too small for me to make out....
     
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    There's a village in Scotland called Dull that is twinned with a town in Oregon, USA called Boring.

    DB
     
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    Johnnyboy1971 Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Sorry technical issue. Should be sorted now.
     
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    John Fenna Lifetime Member & Maker

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    "Whorehouse Meadow" in Oregon USA had its name changed to "Naughty Girl Meadow" but the old name was reinstated after public outcry!
    Back in Britain - I can truthfully say that I have sat on "Lord Hereford's Knob"...
    it is a top in the Black Mountains, overlooking the Hay on Wye area ...
     
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    John Fenna Lifetime Member & Maker

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    It's a fair cop!
    Or at least - their address!
     
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    I came across Rocky Road (it was) and Lois Lane somewhere up in Alaska.
     

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