Friday, 29 October 2010


Driving home the other day, I travelled through local villages with quaint old English / Lancastrian names such as Esprick, Staining and Hardhorn. Growing up around these parts, you become accustomed to these slightly unusual place names. They raise not an even an eyebrow, let alone a titter. But, in the spirit of sharing and being always on the lookout for inspirations for the FFB blog, I began my search for the UK's greatest village and town names for the general amusement of my friends and family.  

Consider these little beauties, and thank your lucky stars you don't live there..

Acocks Green (Worcestershire, England) 
Allanstank (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) 
Bachelors Bump (Essex, England) 
Balls Green (Kent, England)
Bedlam Bottom (Hampshire, England) 
Beggars Bush (Sussex, England) 
Bell End near Lickey End (Wales)
Cock of Arran (Isle of Arran, Scotland)
Cockintake (Staffordshire, England) 
Crapstone (Devon, England) 
Dogdyke (Lincolnshire, England) 
Faggot (Northumberland, England) 
Gay Street (Sussex, England) 
Horneyman (Kent, England) 
Killiecrankie (Perthshire, Scotland) 
Lickarmoor (Northumberland, England) 
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (Wales) 
Lord Berkeley's Knob (Sutherland, Scotland) 
Minge Lane (Worcestershire, England) 
Muff (County Donegal, Ireland) 
Pennycomequick (Devon, England) 
Pity Me (Co Durham, England) 
Scratchy Bottom (Dorset, England) 
Shaggs (Dorset, England) 
Thong (Kent, England) 
Titley (Herefordshire, England) 
Twatt (Orkney Islands, Scotland) 
Ugley with an Ugley Green (Kent, England) 
Wash Dyke (Norfolk, England) 
Wetwang (East Yorkshire, England) 
Wigtwizzle (Yorkshire, England) 


  1. And if you visit Austria, you might see this sight.

  2. Eek, now that's a place name. I'm sure some enterprising Austrian has opened up a souvenir shop there...

  3. I don't think it's pronounce the way it looks. there was some controversy but I couldn't find the was about another country making fun of the name and the township wanted to sue the offending name callers .