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What’s the Best Place Name in the World ?
Of all the places, cities, towns and villages in the world which one has the best name ?
I don’t know whether it’s the best place name in the world or not but this is my personal favourite . . .

The Place with the very best name is . . .


Wasps Nest Village in Lincolnshire UK

Wasps Nest in Lincolnshire

How’s that then ?
Wasps Nest is a lovely little hamlet which sits to the South East of Lincoln next to Nocton Fen and just for some added spice it’s right next to the wonderful Medieval Nocton Park Priory Earthworks - very nice :)

There’s much in a name, Stow-on-the-Wold sounds like a much nicer place than Milton Keynes and living in Great Coates sounds very much better than living in Grimsby ;)
Bondi Beach sounds moderately more appealing then Cleethorpes Beach
We’ll expand this well beyond the boundaries of The Fair Shire to every corner of this flat and square earth.
What’s the greatest Place Name in the World ?

It could simply be a place that particularly strikes a chord with you - can anybody do better the Wasps Nest ?
All the best
Rod

36 Comments »

  1. Little Brother said,

    January 3, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    Rod,
    22 Arcacia Avenue ain’t bad :mrgreen:

    LB

  2. minnie said,

    January 3, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

    I can remember going to an auction at Bag Enderby some years back - often wondered how it got its name?

  3. Chris Keyworth said,

    January 3, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    Oh most Definatly Keyworth….

    Regards
    Chris..

  4. Amiguru said,

    January 3, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    Rod,

    Kirkby with Muckby-cum-Sparrowby-cum-Spinx

    I[t]s down a long lane in the county of Lincs!

    Regards,
    ‘Betjema’ with one ‘n’ :?

  5. Amiguru said,

    January 3, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    Minnie,

    Bag Enderby some years back - often wondered how it got its name?

    I believe Margaret Thatcher’s ancestors used to live there….. ;)

    Unbelievably yours,
    Neville

  6. Jon S said,

    January 3, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    There’s a place not a million miles from me called Land of Nod…

  7. Nick said,

    January 3, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

    Pratts Bottom.

    I believe Ed Milliband’s ancestors used to live there :-)

  8. minnie said,

    January 3, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

    The other name I thought of was Crackpot in Yorkshire

  9. Mrs HH said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 1:11 am

    Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate in York is a personal favourite :)

  10. Rod said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    LB,
    ‘the red light’s burning bright tonight’ :)
    Cheers
    Rod

  11. Rod said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    Minnie,
    I’ve been there too and go passed it often - sounds almost Tolkienesque.
    Best
    Rod

  12. Rod said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    CK,
    nice one :)
    Rod

  13. Rod said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    Neville,
    A Lincolnshire Tale by John Betjeman - proper sunject matter for a poet ;)
    Rod

  14. Rod said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    Jon
    Land of Nod surely not :?
    Best
    Rod

  15. Rod said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    Nick,
    that makes sense ;)
    Rod

  16. Rod said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    Mrs HH,
    that’s a great one and I’ve even been there :shock:
    Must have been a while ago when I was rash and would often leave the county of Lincolnshire :)
    Rod

  17. angry_mutant said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    How’s about Claxby Pluckacre - tiny village near Horncastle?

    Or Loggerheads in Staffordshire? I’ve been at Loggerheads with a few different people over the years…

    Or Pity Me, in Northumberland?

    I understand someone had a laugh many years ago with a Lincolnshire road sign. It originally read “To Old Bolingbroke and Mavis Enderby”, so obvoiusly had to be annotated “a son”!

    Probably my favourite place name is No Place - actually a small village in County Durham.;

  18. Postman Pat said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    Rod,
    You mention Bondi beach, don’t go there it’s like Cleethorpes but with sunshine. The best beach in the Sydney area is Manly, just catch the ferry from Circular Quay. Well worth the trip.

    P.P

  19. option911 said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    When I was stationed in Australia, they really have the monopoly on strange and unusual names. Two of the places I visited were: Humpty Doo and Dunny Doo, not forgetting the RAAF base at Wagga Wagga and the Naval base at Woolloomooloo. Most of the unusual names are of course of Aboriginal origin. Locally, what about Thornton Curtis? I always thought it would make an excellent name for a film star or a “Bond” like character.

  20. History Hunter said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    Well if we are going to diversify from place names to street names (i.e. Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate) there is always The Land Of Green Ginger over there in Hully Gully Land, Dog Kennel Road near Hemswell, or even Lady Wynd (ewww!) in Edinburgh.

    But if we revert to place names……sounds like a tiny quaint little village……Thimbleby, and the one that took me years to learn to say without making myself sound drunk…….Ashby Puerorum (incase anyone struggles …………….Pure-roar-rum.

  21. Rod said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    HH,
    I like The Land Of Green Ginger used to eat at a restaurant with that name as well.
    I’ve been to a Dog Kennel Woods, just off the A46 somewhere I think.
    Best
    Rod

  22. Rod said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    Option,
    Man: My wife fills the fridge with lager other than Castlemaine
    Judge: Divorce granted on the grounds on mental cruelty

    Location . . . Wagga Wagga District Court :)
    Best
    Rod

  23. Rod said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    AM,
    I need to visit Claxby Pluckacre - it’s Old it was in Domesday - must get there
    Best
    Rod

  24. Rod said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    PP,
    I think I’ll avoid Australia all together - seems the safest bet :)
    Cheers
    Rod

  25. option911 said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

    Rod,
    Humpty Doo in Northern Territory was a strange place. One particular bar was frequented by the local NT Hells Angels, sometimes on their bikes. Yes inside the bar! along with the occasional horse at the bar. The furniture was made of Railway sleepers and set into the concrete floor. The bar was hosed out daily as the walls were constructed of patio wall blocks and the floor was just screeded concrete. If you have ever heard of the Darwin awards for stupidity, there is a reason for that. Northern Territory has some very unique inhabitants.
    Rod you are maybe safest to avoid Aus. I loved my time out there but it is no good for a quick visit, you would see nothing other than tourist tack, like PP said Bondi (Yuk!) Also pubs with a bookies, rows of bandit machines and men paid in cash weekly. This lead to a lot of very skint wives every Thursday as the Husband returned home from work via the pub.

  26. Rod said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    Option,
    I think it’s probably too far for a day trip - I’m like Dracula, he neeeds to sleep on his native soil and I need to sleep on ‘Terra Lincolnshire’ :)

    Sounds like a plush pub Option :)
    There’s a great Aussie saying for a real dump of a place “I wouldn’t put a bar in it”

    As to the Darwin Awards:
    http://www.rodcollins.com/wordpress/the-best-darwin-award-winners
    Cheers
    Rod

  27. jean said,

    January 5, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    Hi Rod although the other half is a geordie I,m sure he comes from Great Snoring in Norfolk Jean

  28. Rod said,

    January 5, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    Jean,
    love it :)
    Best
    Rod

  29. Craig said,

    January 7, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

    Wetwang in North Yorkshire :)

  30. Rod said,

    January 8, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    Craig,
    typical :roll: !
    All the best for 2012 raig
    Rod

  31. Paul Rowe said,

    January 15, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    The saddest place name with an evocative story is the place where I live Port Elizabeth .In 1820 when the British settlers were arriving in the Eastern Cape the Assistant Governor of the Cape Colony was sent to this place to assist them.His name was Sir Rufane Donkin.He was a soldier in India and his wife Elizabeth (daughter of the Dean of York) died in Meerut in India in1818.The heartbroken man named the town after his wife and erected a pyramid which still stands on a piece of land still called ,”The Donkin Reserve”.On the pyramid is an inscription,”To the memory of one of the most perfect of human beings who has given her name to the town below”. Donkin became an M.P. but never got over her death and committed suicide on the anniversary of her death in 1841.Is there anywhere else in the world that has such a great but sad story to explain its name?

  32. Rod said,

    January 15, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    Paul,
    that’s a tremendous story, very moving . . .
    Best
    Rod

  33. The Saxman said,

    January 31, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    Rod,
    Pode Hole just outside Spalding or Saracens Head near Holbeach strangely named but Wasps Nest is terrific1

  34. Rod said,

    January 31, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    Saxman,
    I like Saracen’s Head that’s a real cracker, pubs seen often but a village . . . fabulous !
    Cheers
    Rod

  35. pam said,

    March 11, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    i always liked (and idly wondered its origins) Beulahland in South Ferriby. just rolls so nicely off the tongue

  36. Rod said,

    March 11, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

    Pam,
    it certainly sounds exotic doesn’t it - certainly doesn’t sound like South Ferriby - I’m with you I think - I like it !
    Best
    Rod

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