Britain’s silliest place names
The names of many of our towns, cities and villages probably sound strange to you but there are more than a handful that will make you scratch your head and put a smirk on your face. For example, there is a Scottish village called Dull which happens to be twinned with a place in America called Boring. OK, someone is having a laugh, right!
But Dull is by no means the weirdest place name in the UK. How about Bachelors Bump in Essex, Jolly’s Bottom in Cornwall or Knockerdown in Derbyshire? They’re just a few of the weird and wonderful names that make a trip around the UK so fascinating.
Some, like North Piddle in Worcestershire, are amusing because the name has a secondary, unfortunate, meaning (Piddle is slang for urine). And Great Cockup and Little Cockup in the Lake District because a cock up is a mistake or blunder.
The list doesn’t finish there it goes on and on. And here are some more of our favourites.
- Tomtit’s Bottom
- Nempnett Thrubwell
- Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (this is not a typo it is the name of place in Wales)
- Scratchy Bottom