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The Weirdest Place Names In Britain

The Weirdest Place Names In Britain

Britain is home to some of the world’s weirdest and most wonderful place names. There’s no doubt that you’ll have heard of some of the cruder ones, of which there are many. However, there’s also certainly no shortage of simply absurd place names in Britain – so enjoy!

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1) Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch


“Llanfairpwllgwyngyll” for short, this village is found in Anglesey and is the longest place name in the UK. It changed its name to the longer version in the 1860s for publicity. With 58 characters, including four l’s in a row, it is the second longest place name in the world, only behind “Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu” in New Zealand. Its English translation adds to its absurdity; ‘St Mary’s church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool of llantysilio of the red cave.’

2) Ae

At the other end of the spectrum, and with only two characters compared to 58, Ae is the shortest place name in the UK. It is also one of its youngest villages, having been found in 1947. It is located near Dumfries and Galloway in the south-west of Scotland and is also home to the Water of Ae and the Forest of Ae. The latter is considered to be the centre of mountain biking in the UK.

3) Ugley


The town of Ugley has an unfortunate name. However, no one in the village has found the name as aggravating as the Women’s Institute. They have struggled to come up with a suitable name for their group due to of the town’s name and have been called the Women’s Institute of Ugley and the Ugley Women’s Institute – both rather unfortunate.

4) Dull


The town of Dull in Perth and Kinross in Scotland doesn’t sound like a place you would want to live and you have to question the people who named it so… The brilliant thing about this town, however, is the fact they have embraced their name. They are paired with the town of Boring in Oregon in the US: so perhaps they’re Dull by name but not by nature.

5) Beer


This is a fantastic name – unlike the towns of Ugley and Dull – and the name of this village is certainly a good advert for Britain’s favourite alcoholic beverage. Simple yet brilliant, the village is on the Jurassic Coast in Devon so its name is not the only thing that attracts visitors. Unfortunately, the name does not come from the drink but from the Anglo-Saxon name ‘bearu’ meaning grove.

6) Wasps nest


Wasps nest is a small village to the east of Nocton in Lincolnshire. Like the names Ugley and Dull, Wasps nest is a slightlyunfortunate name for a village. Not many people would want to live somewhere called Wasps Nest, arguably one of the meanest insects around


7) Nasty


Nasty is a small hamlet in Hertfordshire, England. The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase “at the eastern hedged enclosure”. However, as notmany people would see the name ‘Nasty’ and instantly associate it with this Anglo-Saxon phrase, it’s made the list of weird place names

8) Lumps of Garryhorn


The last place name on the list is definitely the most absurd. We finish with the village of Lumps of Garryhorn near Carsphairn, Dumfries and Galloway. Featuring on this list because of its wonderfully weird nature,  this particular place name always leaves people puzzled. What is Garryhorn and why does it come in lumps?

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