MY recent speculation about towns with strange names was superseded by a national poll to find the 10 worst place names in the country.
They were, of course, rather vulgar so I had avoided them in favour of quirky. Reader Stephen Pickup has added local ones.
“You don’t have to go far to find Birks Bottom – that’s in Lockwood. Fearnought is in Holmfirth, not too far away from Paris.”
Ah yes, Yorkshire’s Paris, the same style and elegance but without the tower.
“Shelf is in Halifax,” Stephen adds, a place where ladies used to avoid being left. “Land of Green Ginger is in Hull and what about Wide Open in Northumberland? They never close.”
Daphne Wroe of Almondbury, who is originally from Kent, says that county has a village called Loose. And yes, they have a Loose Women’s Institute.