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.

What plug? An expat guide to power outlets [infographic]

When moving abroad, most electricals are compatible between different countries, but only with the right plug. There are a ‘shocking’ number different of sockets, and it’s easy to get confused as to which type you need for your destination country. Stay ‘current’ and find out which adaptor you’ll need with our handy infographic:

Plugs


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Self-store v long-term storage: what’s best for me?

Personal storage is an increasingly popular service, providing flexibility for homeowners when moving, decorating, or otherwise organising their belongings. So what’s the difference between the two main types of storage, self-store and long-term storage? What’s best for your living situation, and what are the benefits of each?

Self-store

Self storage is designed primarily for smaller volumes of goods needing storage for a short period. This service is ideal if you

  • Need somewhere to store seasonal items, such as Christmas decorations or outdoor furniture
  • Need to keep some furniture and effects out of the way while redecorating
  • Have a small household and need a stop gap during the move process

Self-store gives you the most control over your belongings. You will typically have ownership over your own packing and storage, and self-store facilities are usually very flexible about when you can access your possessions.

Long-term storage

Storage warehouses are designed to keep a large collection of belongings safe for as long as you need them. Long-term storage is perfect if you

  • Have inherited a legacy
  • Are transforming your home into a rental property or Airbnb
  • Have a large household and need a stop gap during the move process
  • Are moving abroad for a fixed period

Companies offering long-term storage will often provide a packing service to ensure professional protection of your items prior to storage. The container used to store your items should also be sealed at your home for security purposes, and transported to the storage centre for you.


Pickfords provides secure goods storage to customers throughout the UK and overseas, and operates self-storage facilities in key locations across the country. Click here to get a quote for storage, or request a call back.

The A-Z of silly British place names

Moving customers across the UK, we’ve discovered that this great county has a lot of odd, silly and just plain funny place names. Sometimes the original Gaelic or Old English sheds some light on them, but for many others, their original meaning is obscure, and we’re left scratching our heads at these bizarre monikers. Here’s our A-Z of some of Britain’s silliest place names:

Auchtermuchty

A town in Fife, from the Gaelic meaning “upland of the pigs”.

Barton in the Beans

A Leicestershire hamlet containing no shops or pubs, only a Baptist church and a postbox.

Curry Mallet

A village in Somerset with a population of 306.

Droop

A North Dorset village in Hazelbury Bryan.

Earcroft

The northern ward of Darwen, Lancashire.

Fakenham

Despite it’s name, a very real market town in Norfolk.

Great Snoring

A rural village in North Norfolk, two miles north of the larger village of Little Snoring.

Heckmondwike

A small town in West Yorkshire.

Ianstown

A village on the Moray Firth. As far as we know, not founded by a bloke called Ian.

Jump

A village on Barnsley, South Yorkshire. According to local legend, it was named after a stream that local miners had to jump over to gain access to the coal mines.

Keith

Another seemingly eponymous Moryan village.

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This Welsh village has the longest place name in Europe. Known as Llanfairpwllgwyngyll for short.

Matching Tye

A village forming part of the civil parish of Matching, Essex. Sadly there’s no neighbouring village called Matching Socks.

Nether Wallop

A village in the Test Valley district of Hampshire

Over Peover

A Cheshire civil parish named after the Peover Eye river on one of the parish boundaries.

Plumpton

There are actually four Plumptons in the UK. Mapped below is a village in East Sussex, but there are also Plumptons in Cumbria, Lancashire and Northamptonshire.

Queen Camel

A village on the River Cam in South Somerset. Some of Queen Camel’s neighbours have equally unusual names, including West Camel, Sparkford and Marston Magna.

Ramsbottom

A market town in Bury, Greater Manchester. The name is believed to derive from the Old English ramm botm, meaning ‘valley of the ram’.

Sheepy

A civil parish in Leicestershire, containing several villages with equally amusing names, including Sheepy Magna, Sheepy Parva, Pinwall and Cross Hands.

Thrumpton

A village in Nottinghamshire.

Upton Snodsbury

A village in Worchestershire.

Vulcan Village

A town in Cheshire whose name predates Star Trek.

Warninglid

A small village in West Sussex, historically known as Warninglyth or Warningeld.

Exning

This Suffolk village technically doesn’t begin with an X, but in our defense the E is silent.

Ystrad Mynach

While strange sounding in English, this Glamorgan town roughly translates to ‘flood-prone valley’ from Welsh. The name was accurate prior to the building of river defences in the 1960s.

Zeals

A village in Wiltshire. The name comes from the Old English sealh, meaning willow.


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

‘Pickfords Witches’ get muddy for Cancer Research UK

The self-styled ‘Pickfords Witches of Eastwood’ completed this weekend’s Pretty Muddy event in Derby this weekend, raising over £1,200 for Cancer Research UK!

Well done to Laura Abbey, Amy Chambers, Chantelle Benniston, Charlotte Randall, Georgina Langley and Rachel Walsh from Pickfords’ Nottingham branch for finishing the 5k race on Saturday for Pickfords’ partner charity.

The Derby Pretty Muddy is a large obstacle course over a mixture of terrains, set in 200 acres of parkland within Markeaton Park. As the name suggests, getting muddy is an integral part of the experience!

All funds raised will be donated to Cancer Research UK, supporting research towards the charity’s ultimate goal: bringing forward the day when we beat cancer.

UPDATED: Important information following global cyber attack on Maersk Group

Maersk has confirmed that some of its IT and communications infrastructure has been impacted. Pickfords will monitor the situation closely and keep our customers informed, should their shipments be affected.

Message from Maersk Group:

Please see the following information from Maersk Group. Pickfords will monitor the situation closely and will make contact with our customers, should they be impacted by this incident.

“Following on from our communications yesterday (27th June 2017) regarding the impact of the global cyber attack, Petya, on A.P. Møller-Maersk group, we can confirm that some of our IT and communications infrastructure have been impacted and we have proactively shut down as a security measure.

For now this means the following:

All immediate vessel operations will continue as planned, making the majority of planned port calls.

Access to most ports is not impacted, however some APM Terminals are affected and gates are closed 

Cargo in transit will be offloaded as planned.  Import Cargo will be released to credit customers

At the present time we are unfortunately unable to serve new quotes or accept future bookings. However we do greatly appreciate your patience and look forward to carrying your cargo as soon as it is practically possible 

Unfortunately due to the impact on our IT and communications systems we are limited in our ability to communicate with you. We will continue to email you when appropriate and will be updating our Social Media channels regularly.

We apologize once again for any inconvenience this may cause your business and we are working hard to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

The Maersk Team”

 

*UPDATE 11:50am* a further message from Maerk

“Dear Customer,

As per our previous customer advisory regarding the impact of the global cyber attack on Maersk Line we are able to provide you with the following services at this time:

  • All immediate vessel operations will continue as planned
  • Access to UK and Irish ports is not impacted
  • Cargo in transit will be offloaded as planned. 
  • Import cargo will be released to credit customers
  • Export haulage booked to load in the next 24 hours will be accommodated where possible”

How to fit in as an expat

Moving abroad is a great chance to enrich your career and your life, but optimising any expat experience means fitting in with the locals and becoming part of the culture. Read our top tips to help you integrate with your host county and make the most of your overseas opportunity:

Get to know the area

Spend your first few weeks in your host country, as well as any pre-trips, familiarising yourself with local area. Learn the native pronunciation of street names and place names. Find out where the nearest amenities are. The better you know your new locale, the less people will see you as a tourist or an outsider.

Learn the language

If you’re moving to a country with a different native language, it can be tempting to get by on the locals’ knowledge of English. But to properly integrate, it’s important to have at least some understanding of the local dialect. The more you know, the more people will open up to you, and the better you’ll fit in.

Take a course before you emigrate to gain at least a basic understanding of the host language. Then your real learning begins in-country. Wherever possible, ask the locals to converse with you in their native tongue; most people will be happy to help you learn.

Understand the culture

Like learning the language, you can start to understand your host country before you travel, but the real education begins after you emigrate. For starters, visit expat blogs and forums to get a feel for your destination before you go. Learn enough about the local history, music and sports teams to help you get by. Seek to understand the basics of dining and business etiquette and greeting customs so you don’t make any embarrassing faux pas.

After you arrive, don’t be tempted to just hang out with other expats. You can only truly understand a culture by becoming immersed in it, so spend plenty of time with the locals. Many people love to talk about their country, so ask lots of questions. Say yes to dinner invites, parties, nights out and other events as often as possible.


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Meet the 2017 Pickfords powerboat crew!

In three weeks, Pickfords will once again compete in the P1 SuperStock Championship. The annual marine motorsport series features 11 powerboats competing in four European races. The boats race close to shore, tight and fast. The races are a great public spectacle and a demanding task for the drivers and navigators.
This year we welcome Glynn and Lee Norvall as Pickfords’ driver and navigator. The siblings are no strangers to the world of powerboats, competing in last year’s Championship in support of Help for Heroes. We spoke to the brothers to find out what drives them to face the top speeds and choppy waters typical of P1:

Hello to you both, and welcome to the team! Tell us something interesting about yourselves.

Lee: I enjoy Thai boxing and actively trained in Thailand up to a couple of years ago.
Glynn: My best friend is my Boxer dog Stanley, who is totally nuts!

Who’s the most competitive of both of you?
G: I’m the most competitive out of Lee and myself.
L: I am definitely the most competitive out of us both (I just like to let Glynn think he is…!)

How did you get into powerboat racing?
G: We are the second generation of powerboat racers in our family.  My dad Douglas Norvall raced offshore powerboats in the 1960s and 1970s, so we are following in his footsteps.
L: Yes we were highly influenced by our dad. We spent our weekends playing with boats and water and listening to his stories of racing hijinks from back in the day!

What is the highlight of your racing career so far?
L: Being placed in the top five teams in the UK in 2016, which lead to us being promoted to the World Championship in Mumbai earlier this year!
G: Coming third in the Mumbai Championship; it was the first ever P1 race in India!

What are you most looking forward to in the season ahead?
L: With a new team as PickfordsFX, a new boat and two new locations I am looking forward to spending a lot of time on the podium!
G: Racing against some good competition and hopefully a few podium finishes would be nice.


The 2017 P1 SuperStock Championship begins on Saturday 10 June in Aalborg, Denmark. Three more rounds will then take place across England, Scotland and Wales through to September. Watch this space for regular coverage of the upcoming races!

Pickfords announces new charity partnership with Cancer Research UK

Pickfords, the UK’s largest and best known removals and storage company, has announced a change in its CSR policy and the principal charity it supports. Pickfords will now be supporting Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent cancer research charity, dedicated to its vision to beat cancer sooner.

The decision to support Cancer Research UK underpins a new objective; to create a healthier workplace for Pickfords employees.

The new partnership means Pickfords employees will have access to a range of health information to keep them better informed about cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Understanding changes in lifestyle choices and the adoption of healthy habits will help to reduce the risk of developing cancer and to know how to spot cancer early.

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Pickfords now collect customers’ unwanted items on move day to raise money for Cancer Research UK

 

Pickfords’ Managing Director, Russell Start said,

“We felt the time was right to work with a charity with new objectives. It is likely that all of us have been touched by cancer at some point in our lives, so I hope we will all benefit from improved awareness and will get behind our fundraising activities to support the search for a cure.”

Moving with children: a family checklist

Parents know that trying to organise anything with your children can be a challenging experience. Moving home will probably be one of you kids’ biggest life changes in their early years, so it’s important to get organised and help smooth the transition for them.

While your professional removal company will carry out all the packing and heavy lifting for you, how can you prepare your children for the big move? Here are our top tips for moving and settling in with kids:

  • Pack a moving day rucksack with snacks and entertainment to keep them occupied throughout the move.
  • Allow your children to feel settled in by helping them set up their room first.
  • Let your children pick paint colours and new bedding for their room, to help them get excited about their personal space in your new home.
  • To minimise the anxiety of acclimatising to their new environment, try to keep to the same time schedule to help them adjust quickly, e.g. for meals and bedtime.
  • Help your kids to find new playmates in the area by introducing them to the neighbours and signing them up to after-school clubs.
  • If possible, pay visits to your childrens’ new school to help them get acclimatised to their new environment before term starts.
  • Get involved in parent clubs, either online or locally to your new home, to discover the best kids activities in your new neighbourhood.
  • And of course, don’t forget to childproof your new home!

Ready to move? Pickfords covers every postcode in the UK and move families overseas every day. Visit our Moving Advice Centre for more helpful hints and tips, request a call back or get a quote from our website.