During a drive through Great Britain, the brilliant Lyza Danger Gardner noticed something odd about the little towns: their names. While many of them were pedestrian, some stuck out as suggestive, bizarre, or just a bit off. Presented with minimal comment, here are 43 of my favorites from a list she maintains.
1. Upton Snodsbury
In lovely South Gloucestershire.
3. Barton in the Beans
4. Curry Mallet
Right at a crossroads in Somerset.
In Dorchester, near Affpuddle.
In East Sussex, not too far from Ditchling.
In West Sussex.
In Dorset, along the River Asker.
12. Matching Tye
In Essex. Sadly, there is (are) no Matching Trousers.
13. Nether Wallop
In Hampshire, a real kick in the pants.
In West Sussex, just south of Crossbush.
Also in West Sussex, quite near Poling.
Another West Sussex gem.
My kingdom for an additional "d" in West Sussex.
(If you must know, there is a Diddling Way in Florida.)
In Wiltshire. Note that there is also a West Crudwell, and beyond that, Chedglow.
An adorably-named spot in Dorset, near our next three spots....
A village just east of....
Another village, also just east of....
Ah, Briantspuddle. Just down the road from Throop.
23. Westward Ho!
In Devon! On the coast!
24. Upper Bucklebury
25. Mudford Sock
26. New Invention
In West Midlands.
In Shropshire, northeast of Ratlinghope.
28. Marsh Gibbon
In North Yorkshire.
31. Tedstone Wafre
In Herefordshire, and with the alternate spelling "Tedstone Wafer."
Also in Leicestershire.
Another Leicestershire favorite, a short jaunt from Saxelbye.
In Lincolnshire, southwest of Humby and Great Humby.
37. Over Peover
In Cheshire East. To the east? Peover Heath. To the south? Badgerbank.
In Yorkshire, due east of Uncleby.
41. Bishop's Ichington
42. Queen Camel
In Somerset, southeast of Compton Pauncefoot.
43. Great Snoring
In Fakenham, Norfolk. Yes, really.
Now I say good day to you all, and we shall discuss this naughtiness after a nice nap.