It’s true that the names of many of British towns, cities and villages probably sound strange to you. But that’s not it – there are more than a handful of place names 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 twin with a place in America called Boring. OK we know someone’s laughing now…
But Dull is by no means the only strange 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 but 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, and unfortunate meaning (Piddle is slang for ‘urine’ in this case). 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
- (This is not a typo! It is the name of place in Wales.)
- Scratchy Bottom
There are silly place names in Britain and some Brits even have some very funny last names. Check out our list of the seven funniest!