What’s in a Name? Funny British City Names


The average American calls to mind a certain image when hearing the word “Britain”: London taxicabs, butlers serving the elite in oak-paneled mansions, afternoon tea (pinkies extended) with scones and clotted cream.

Generally, in our “Yankee” minds, the idea tends to be one of dignity, class, and grace. May we be permitted to add another dimension to this upper-crust image?

Allow us to serve up a bit of silliness.

Think Monty Python, Benny Hill, and yes, even The Full Monty. Enjoy a chuckle over these funny British city names. (If you thought your town or street name was embarrassing, imagine having to explain these ones.)

We promise… these names have not been fabricated!

In England

  • Bachelors Bump, Essex
  • Beef Lane, Oxfordshire
  • Beer, Devon
  • Beggars Bush, Sussex
  • Bishops Itchington, Staffordshire
  • Bitchfield, Lincolnshire
  • Booty Lane, No. Yorkshire
  • Broadbottom, Cheshire
  • Cockpit Hill, Derbyshire
  • Coldwind, Cornwall
  • Crackpot, North Yorkshire
  • Crapstone, Devon
  • Devil‟s Lapful, Northumberland
  • Fanny Barks, Durham
  • Feltwell, Norfolk
  • Giggleswick, Staincliffe, Nth. Yorkshire
  • Happy Bottom, Dorset
  • Juggs Close, East Sussex
  • Knockerdown, Derbyshire
  • North Piddle, Worcestershire
  • Ogle Close, Merseyside
  • Over Peover, Cheshire
  • Pant, Shropshire
  • Piddle River, Dorset
  • Ramsbottom, Lancashire
  • Scratchy Bottom, Dorset
  • Shittington,, Bedfordshire
  • Six Mile Bottom, Cambridge
  • Splatt, Cornwall
  • The Blind Fiddler, Cornwall
  • Thong, Kent
  • Ugley, Essex
  • Weedon Lois, Northampton
  • Wet Rain, Yorkshire
  • Wideopen, Newcastle
  • Winkle Street, Southampton

In Scotland & Wales

  • Backside, Aberdeenshire
  • Ballownie, Angus
  • Bladda, Paisley
  • Boghead, Ayrshire
  • Brokenwind, Aberdeenshire
  • East Breast, Inverclyde
  • Fannyfield, Ross and Cromarty
  • Fattiehead, Banffshire
  • Long Lover Lane, Halifax
  • Tarty, Aberdeenshire
  • The Bastard (a mountain in
  • Scotland)
  • Pant-y-Felin Road, Swansea
  • St. Mellons, Cardiff
  • Stop-and-Call, Pembrokeshire
  • Tarts Hill, Flintshire, Wales

Funny town names in British Isles

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