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Funny places in England

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Nothing serious today just a few things to hopefully make you smile. They made me smile

Two months ago we moved from Sussex to the delightful village of Seavington in Somerset. But when we first arrived I had great difficulty in shops, at the bank and chatting to people because nobody had ever heard of the village. I eventually discovered that even though it is spelt as Sea-ving-ton it is pronounced Seving-ton. Why? What happened to the ‘a’? I have no idea.

This morning I was driving Marilyn to a Physiotherapist appointment. Halfway between Ilminster and Chard we saw a village called Sea. The nearest coast must be at least 20 miles away so why is it called Sea? Again I have no idea.

This started me thinking about British town names. We certainly have some odd places.

How would you like to tell people that you live in Puddletown (formerly Piddletown)  a village in Dorset, 5 miles east of Dorchester in the Piddle River Valley

I can’t help wondering if it was named by someone who now lives in Crackpot, Swaledale, North Yorkshire.

Crackpot Town Sign


In Norfolk near to Walsingham there are a couple of villages one called Great Snoring and the other Little Snoring.

Sign to Great and Little Snoring

Here is a picture of the Great Snoring Church notice board. I was tickled by the section that says “Great Snoring Sunday Services” Not very encouraging. I feel sorry for the preacher.

Great Snoring Church

Could this in any way be related to the town situated near Grayshot in Hampshire which has the wonderful name Land of Nod.

Sign to Land of Nod

Ladies would you live in Ugley, near Bishop’s Stortford.

Ugley street sign

I suppose that is better than Pity Me, north of Durham.

Pity Me Sign

Recently the town of Dull in Scotland decided to twin with the Oregon town of Boring. So you can now officially be Dull and Boring.

Signs for Dull and Boring

I could name many other odd places but some official town names are frankly not suitable for this blog.

Ahh the joys of travel. I love exploring new places

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