10 English places with funny names

2020-04-22 17:24 | Readtime: 5min

The United Kingdom really does have its unusual places. With such a long history of language developing over time, the country retains some of the oddest named places you may have ever heard of. Some of these can be quite hilarious. Bitches, sluts, muffs and breaking wind are just some of our features today. If you didn’t check out our first list on this topic, it can be found here:SEE ALSO: 10 RUDE-SOUNDING BRITISH PLACES WITH UNBELIEVABLE BACKSTORIES

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10Bitchfield

Bitchfield is an English village located in the county of Lincolnshire, on the east coast of the country. It is situated in the South Kestevan district and is referred to as a ‘shrunken’ medieval village, referring to the fact it was once likely much larger than it now is. The village was recorded in the famous Domesday Book of 1086 and is listed as ‘Billesfelt’. The village is actually split into two distinct groups of buildings located in Bitchfield and Lower Bitchfield. The two groups of buildings are connected by Dark Lane and the village includes a parish church with Norman architecture. The village is largely unremarkable besides it’s tabloid coverage due to its humorous name – however this comes from a county with such spectacular names like Tongue End, Pode Hole, Cuckoo Bridge and Whaplode. Yes… these are all real places.[1]9Townland of Stranagalwilly

The townland of Stranagalwilly is situated in Northern Ireland, in the parish of County Tyrone. The area is known as a townland, rather than a town, as it refers to the area of land rather than the place. The system of townlands come from Gaelic tradition, in which it is a designated area of approximately 325 acres. Other area sizes in Gaelic include an acre, a Gneeve, a Ballyboe or Ballybetagh. These system measurements sometimes are used as a prefix to villages and towns in Ireland and Northern Ireland, such as Ballyshannon or Ballybogey. In 1961, the townland of Stranagalwilly was the site of a discovery of four cist cemeteries dating back to the Bronze Age, with unburnt burials discovered alongside cremated remains. The discovery of the fourth cemetery happened when a local farmer was harvesting potatoes, with some of the remains indicating that the burial was of a leather worker.[2]

8Crapstone

Crapstone is an village located in the ceremonial county of Devon, on the South of England. The village is right on the edge of Dartmoor, the notorious haunt of many urban myths and legends. Most notably are the Dartmoor Hounds, which are said to be large black spectral hounds that haunt the moors. These hounds were the inspiration for The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The name Crapstone is reportedly derived from a family name which have strong roots in the town and helped develop the local church and a golf course. The town was featured on a 2007 British advert starring Vinnie Jones. However, there was a strong backlash from residents of Crapstone who said the advert used footage of a different village and the advert had used the unusual name of the village as the (excuse the pun) butt of their joke. Very much an oxymoron, the town is said to be extremely pretty despite it’s rather crude title.[3]7Brokenwind

Now this one is a favourite of the ‘funniest’ or ‘rudest’ named places in the UK; The hamlet of Brokenwind, located in Newmachar in the county of Aberdeenshire. The name of Brokenwind, listed as ‘Broken Wynd’ from nineteenth-century records, takes its name from the layout of the area. A wynd is a snaking path between two larger roads and obviously this one must have been broken. The nearest village, Newmachar, was the location of one of many top secret British resistance patrols during the Second World War, put together in secret by Winston Churchill. The village had an operational base which housed the unit, who the in the aftermath of a Nazi Invasion, would have launched a guerrilla offensive preventing key lines of travel and communication. It is startling to ponder on the fact the UK could have become so desperate in its attempt to thwart Nazi Germany, and having to wage such desperation warfare is unthinkable.[4]

6Hole of Horcrum

The Hole of Horcrum is a part of the Levisham Beck valley in the moors of North York. The ‘hole’ is approximately 400 feet deep and features a horse-shoe like appearance, with high level trees surrounding the stunning valley. The Hole of Horcrum is described as ‘spectacular’ and a ‘must-do walk on the North York moors’ and is certainly the most visually magnificent place on this list. The unusual name comes from an urban myth about an Anglo-Saxon chief named Wade. According to legend, Wade was turned into a giant and when arguing with his wife, he picked up the turf and threw it at her – thus creating the hole of Horcrum. It’s unclear where ‘Horcrum’ comes from, but what is clear is that the bowl was formed due to a process called spring-sapping. Spring-sapping occurs when water welled up at the bottom of a hillside undermines the upper slopes, creating a small valley. Over time, this becomes deeper and wider.[5]5Muff

Now the village of Muff is not strictly found in the United Kingdom. Sitting on the Irish border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, the village is actually part of County Donegal, Ireland. However it houses an influx of Northern Ireland residents who have crossed the border, as this is set to become a contentious issue in the current Brexit climate. However we have included it in this list due to its proximity to Northern Ireland and its ties with the area. The village name is Gaelic and means a ‘plain’. The word muff – in some British social circles – may be used as a slang word for the female genitalia. The village of Muff every August celebrates the Muff Festival, which includes a parade and street parties. It also has its own Mayor of Muff who is elected annually. Rather amusingly to some, the village has its own recreational diving club… named the Muff Diving Club. You couldn’t make this stuff up.[6]

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