21 more silly British place names

Delivering customer’s belongings nationwide, we’ve noticed that the UK has a lot of strange place names. Last week we listed one for each letter of the alphabet, but it turns out there are plenty of others. Here are 21 more silly British place names:

Beer

A village in Devon. The name is derived from the Old English word “bearu,” meaning “grove,” in reference the the original forestation that surrounded the village.

Catbrain

A small village near Bristol. The name derives from the Middle English “cattes brazaen”, referencing a common type of soil found in the area.

Dog Village

This Devon hamlet may not be associated with Catbrain village, but is twinned with Caterham in Surrey.

Eye

Derived from the Old English word for “island”, the name of this Suffolk market town is also found in Herefordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Flushing

A hygienic village in Cornwall.

Gotham

Derived from the Old English for “goat home”, this Nottinghamshire Village has been referenced in Batman comics as distinct from the caped crusader’s own Gotham City.

Hospital

This Irish town doesn’t actually have a hospital.

Kill

A village in County Kildare, Ireland. Its Irish name is “an Chill”, meaning “the church”.

Lickfold

A hamlet in West Sussex.

Marsh Gibbon

A village in Buckinghamshire. ‘Gibbon’ derives from the family name ‘Gibwen’, belonging to the local lords of the manor in the twelfth century.

Muck

An island in the Inner Hebrides, the smallest of the Small Islands.

New Invention

A commuter village in the West Midlands. Named for the innovative solution to a smoky chimney of the first house erected there; the tenant stuffed it with a hawthorn bush. The settlement shares its name with a hamlet in Shropshire.

Odd Down

A suburb of Bath (which, if you think about it, also has a strange name).

Pity Me

A suburban village of Durham. A popular theory is that Pity Me was named in the 19th century for being considered desolate, exposed or difficult to cultivate.

Shop

A hamlet in Cornwall.

Stepaside

A village in Pembrokeshire. Legend has it the name comes from Oliver Cromwell and his army passing through to Pembroke, demanding that people in his way step aside. There are also Stepasides in Cornwall, Dublin and Powys.

Tubbercurry

Also known as Tobercurry, this County Sligo town derives its name from the Irish ‘Tobar an Choire,’ meaning ‘well of the valley’.

Ugley

This Essex village ain’t got no alibi.

Wallyford

A village in East Lothian.

Westward Ho!

A seaside village near Bideford in Devon, named after the 1855 Charles Kingsley novel.

Yell

THE MAIN SETTLEMENT OF THIS SHETLAND ISLAND IS CALLED ‘MID YELL’.


Pickfords moves customers from Kill, Muck, Shop, and everywhere else on this list, to every postcode across the UK and Ireland. Click here to contact us or get a quote online.

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