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In Shropshire, there is a hamlet called - in some contexts - Plox Green, but I think it is also known as Pillocks Green, in which case it maybe should be closer to Maidenhead.  Just a thought!

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Cold Blow Lane is in London, but from what I've heard from some of you guys, it should be near the Watersheddings.


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If Nottinghamshire wasn't landlocked, they'd be petitioning for the ownership of Robin Hood's Bay.

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Zeal Monachorum probably belongs in some swords'n'sorcery epic.


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53 minutes ago, Northern Eel said:

Dent sits at the top of the hill. Should it not be in the valley? 
I’m not prepared to speculate about Idle. 

Dent village is in the valley although its railway station, some 650ft above and 4 miles away, is the highest operational in England.... 

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20 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

Zeal Monachorum probably belongs in some swords'n'sorcery epic.

Along with Huish Episcopi and Kingsbury Episcopi!

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55 minutes ago, Gerrumonside ref said:

Ashby De La Zouch in Leicestershire sound like it should be in Holland or France.

Leicestershire's great claim to place name fame is to make significant use of Parva and Magna as village name suffixes as opposed to the more common, in England, prefixes Little and Great

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1 hour ago, The Hallucinating Goose said:

It seems there are lots of twatts in Scotland! 

Carful, HG - we Scots might report you to the moderators!  Well, maybe not...

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Why are Niagra Falls not in Africa and Victoria Falls not in  Australia.


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1 hour ago, DavidM said:

Perth is in Scotland , but it’s in Australia to . I mean how weird’s that ?

To be honest, DavidM, not weird at all.  The colonies (as they were) are full of places named after villages, towns and cities back in the Mother Country (as it was)

Occasionally, it works the other way round chronologically.  The Durham former pit village of Philadelphia is, I believe, named after the place in the USA, not vice versa.  I am not sure which Toronto (the Durham or Canadian one) came first.

I once found myself in a lift in a London hotel with a small group of Americans.  My clothing included a fleece celebrating Durham Wasps grand slam success in British ice hockey in the 1990-91 season.  "Is that Durham, North Carolina" asked one of the Americans.  I couldn't resist saying, "No, Durham, England, the real one!"

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Not the wrong country, but the wrong era, there are two historical characters, thespians maybe, nearby to me in Lincolnshire Not sure if they are married though. 

Mavis Enderby and Old Bolingbroke. Both live not far from New York. 

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1 hour ago, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

Carful, HG - we Scots might report you to the moderators!  Well, maybe not...

Thought I'd do some research into where the place name Twatt actually comes from. I figured it was norse given its on the islands, which it is, and it means "small parcel of land". Apparently it is also the origin of the English name, Thwaite.

The origins of names, be they place names or personal names, is something I have always found very interesting, always like to learn another one! 

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Right.. er.. er... ahem.. country: F. anny Hands Lane, Ludford, Market Rasen. 

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Four legs good - two legs bad

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9 hours ago, Les Tonks Sidestep said:

Dent village is in the valley although its railway station, some 650ft above and 4 miles away, is the highest operational in England.... 

Can I change my answer slightly then please? I was indeed talking of the train station. 😂

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Very obviously, Aberdeen should be in Wales.

And Aberystwyth should be called Aberrheidol.

There's a fair number of historic Dutch-language place names in the northeast of France that all look like they've got to stuck the wrong side of the border.


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10 hours ago, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

In Shropshire, there is a hamlet called - in some contexts - Plox Green, but I think it is also known as Pillocks Green, in which case it maybe should be closer to Maidenhead.  Just a thought!

Should be closer to Westminster 

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Desolation Sound is in Canada when, surely, it should be in [insert insulting area of England chosen to meet your personal prejudice].


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