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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.

  • Fryup
  • Grumbla
  • Nasty
  • Tarty
  • Ugley
  • Tomtit’s Bottom
  • Nempnett Thrubwell
  • Lost
  • Twatt
  • Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (this is not a typo it is the name of place in Wales)
  • Tongue
  • Scratchy Bottom
  • Shitterton
  • Ham

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