Germander Speedwell 

Place Names

GRID FEEDERS and DUMMY BREAKERS

The dying tradition of identifying local electricity substations by giving them names, usually naming them after their location or site, often using old / obsolete site or field names.

"...Rackham Rectory, Nutbourne Nursery

Hardham Borehole, Parham Sawmills

Molesworth Cottages and Horsenden Moorings..."

 

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE LOWER HOPE

Reaches and features of the Thames Estuary (from the Soundings from the Estuary project).

"Long Reach to Oaze Deep, Halfway Road to Middle Ground

 Small Gains, Great Lines, the tide turns, the Hope rises..."

 

THE HOW, WHAT, WHERE AND WHY OF HOO

The lesser-known history and activity of the little-known Hoo Peninsula (from the Soundings from the Estuary project).

"...Lookers, overseers, muddies and smugglers, birders, boaters, anglers and caravanners;

Mudflats to saltmarsh to cliff of chalk ridge, launching of seaplanes and assembly of airships..."

 

EVER BEEN TO...?

A playful assembling of some of Britain's best place names, but can you tell which of them are real and which are made up, or not places at all?

"...Eccles, Beccles, Wroxeter or Uttoxeter

     Itchin Abbas, Toller Porcorum, Marston Magna or Portly Decorum... "

 

NOT MOCKING, JUST MESSING 

The delightful and evocative place names of Essex.  

"...Bocking and Barking, Fobbing and Frating, Stebbing and Epping..."

 

ESTUARY ENGLISH

Features of the English coast and sea - from cliffs and coves to channels.  

"...Dancing Ledge, Durdle Door, Boggle Hole and Baggy Leap..."

 

LINKING SHIRE

Place names of Lincolnshire.  See below for full version.

"...Horbling, Spalding, Stragglethorpe and Legbourne

     Spridlington, Friskney, Stickney and Great Limber..."

 

DANGER AREAS OF SURREY

Ordnance Survey maps reveal some curious or appropriately named features in the military training areas hidden in Surrey.

" ... Ricochet Hill, Romping Downs, Hangman's Hill and the Devil's Pound..."

 

SNIGGLE WAYS

A tour of York's curiously-named pedestrian passages, the 'snickleways'.

"...Precipitate to Gillygate, Lollop along Jubbergate, and loop left at Lop Lane..."

 

THWING, THONG

In what curious and otherwordly land would you find these place names?

"...Ogle, Probus, Mutrix, Orcop;  Witcha, Wigwig, Wigtwizzle, Wetwang..."

(Answer on application, or see if you can find out yourself...)

 

COMPLIMENTS TO HEART'S CONTENT

See Maritime page.

Linking Shire

 

Place names of Lincolnshire

 

Aby, Beesby

Atterby Beck and Brattleby;

Clixby, Claxby

Haxey, Saxby

Hannah cum Hagnaby

Humby, Mumby, Brumby and Tumby.

 

Utterby, Sutterby

Snitterby, Swinderby

Scamblesby, Scremby;

Horbling, Spalding, Stragglethorpe and Legbourne

Spridlington, Friskney, Stickney and Great Limber.

Ulceby Skitter, Kettleby Beck

Butterbump Bridge to Brokenback;

Whisby, Sibsey, Wigsley, Spilsby

Roxby cum Risby, Ranby and Spanby.

 

Scunthorpe, Gunthorpe

Kettlethorpe, Theddlethorpe

Yaddlethorpe and Addlethorpe.

Belchford, Muckton

Bitchfield and Pinchbeck

Market Deeping, River Steeping

Grimsby, Riddings and Brigg.

 

Wrangle, Wressle

Skegger Beck and Skitter Ness

Scawby Brook, Wrawby Moor

Whaplode Drove and Whisby Pits.

Fodder Dike, Woody Nook

Grey Green, Long Screed, Carlton Scroop

Scotter, Odder and Fockerby;

Scampton, Grantham

Langton-by-Wragby and Irby-upon-Humber

Ashby Puerorum, and the Ludfords - Parva & Magna.

 

 

© Germander Speedwell, March 2006  

 

 

Hardly a ‘linking shire’ these days, Lincolnshire is actually one of the more isolated and least known of England’s counties.   Its place names however (as everywhere in Britain), combine elements from different historical periods and occupations, especially the Vikings, who added ‘-by’ to a large proportion of its place names, and ‘-thorpe’ to many others (‘by’ meaning settlement, and ‘thorpe’ meaning an outlying farm or village).