140 Ambiguous, amusing Place Names - Beginning with G & H

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

1. Gale (Lancs, UK)

2. Gallows Inn (a village in Derbyshire, UK)

3. Galong (NSW, Australia) (Pronounced Gaylong)

4. Gay (Meriwether County, GA, US)*

5. Gay (Michigan, US) *

6. Gay (West Virginia. US) *

7. Gay Head (Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts) *

8. Gay Street (Sussex, UK) *

9. Gay Town (Co Donegal, Ireland) *

10. Gays Hill (Cornwall, UK) *

11. Gaysport (Ohio, USA) *

12. George (Washington, US) *

13. Gets (Alpine town, France) *

14. Ghost Town (California, USA) *

15. Giggleswick (Staincliffe, Nth. Yorkshire, UK) *

16. Gin Gin (QLD, Australia) * and t-t t-tonic

17. Glasscock (Texas, USA) *

18. Gobblers Knob (PA, US) *

19. Godolphin Cross (Cornwall, UK) *

20. God's Blessing Green (Dorset, UK) *

21. Golden Balls (Oxfordshire, UK) *

22. Goldhill (Durham, UK)*

23. Goobertown (Arizona, US) *

24. Goobies (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada) *

25. Good Easter (Essex, UK) *

26. Goon Gumpas (Cornwall, UK) *

27. Goonoo Goonoo (NSW, Australia) *

28. Goonpiper (Nr Falmouth, Cornwall, UK) *

29. Gooseham (Cornwall, UK) *

30. Goose Pimple Junction (VA, USA) *

31. Goosey (Oxfords, UK) *

32. Goring-by-Sea (Sussex, UK)* no white horses in their waves , no they have bulls! ~ surf if you dare

33. Grong Grong (NSW, Australia) *

34. Groswater Bay (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada) *

35. Gotham (Nottinghamshire, UK) * it is best know for the villagers feigning madness in order to avoid a Royal Highway being built through the village, as they would then be expected to build and maintain this route. Madness was believed at the time to be highly contagious, and when King John's knights saw the villagers fishing for the moon in village pond and putting a fence round a tree to keep the cuckoo in, the knights swiftly withdrew and the King's road was re-routed to avoid the village.

36. Grandpa's Knob (Rutland, Vermaont, USA) *

37. Gravelly Bottom Road (nr Langley Heath, Kent, UK) *

38. Greasy Creek (town in Kentucky, USA) *

39. Great Butts (Sussex, UK) * maybe worth a visit

40. Great Cockup & Little Cockup (2 hills in The Lake District, UK)

41. Great Cozens (Hertfordshire, UK) * kissing ones?

42. Great Horwood (Bucks, UK) *

43. Great Snoring and a Little Snoring (Norfolk, UK) *

44. Great Rollright (Oxfordshire, UK) *

45. Greystones (Durham, UK) * me Tarzan!

46. Greystones (Sheffield, UK) * me Jane!

47. Greenhead (Durham, UK) * I'm from Mars!

48. Green Bottom (Cornwall, UK) * and I am worried!

49. Green Gutter Head (Staffordshire, UK) *

50. Greensplat (Cornwall, UK) *

51. Groptitz (Germany) *
52. Grumbla (Cornwall, UK) *

53. Gum (West Virginia, US) *

54. Gummow,s Shop (Cornwall, UK) * a hamlet

55. Gun Barrel City (Henderson Co., Texas, USA) *
56. Gurney Slade (Avon, UK) *

57. Guy's Forest (Victoria, Australia) *


58. Hell is a tourist village on Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean named after the Lava Rock Formations. Years ago a Dignitary from another country came to visit the Grand Cayman Islands, saw these wierd formations, said they looked like Hell and the name stuck.

59. Hackballscross (Dundalk, Ireland) *

60. Hagdon (Northumberland) *

61. Hagersville (Southern Ontario, Canada) *

62. Hairy Hill (Alberta, Canada) *
63. Ham, near Sandwich (Kent, UK) *

64. Hamlets (Middlesex, London, UK)*

65. Hampton Gay (Oxfordshire, UK) *

66. Happy Jack (Arizona, US) *

67. Happy Valley-Goose Bay (Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada) *

68. Hare Law (Durham, UK) * wonder if they have the same ways as rabbits

69. Hardbedlam (Aberdeenshire,Scotland) *

70. Hardhorn (Lancs, UK) *

71. Hardscrabble (Delaware, USA) *

72. Hawsker-cum-Stainsacre (Scarborough, Nth Yorkshire, UK) *

73. Hay Street Hockers (a legalised sex business on Hay St, Kalgoorlie, Australia)

74. Head Of Grassy (Kentucky) *

75. Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump (Alberta, Canada) *

76. Headroom (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) *

77. Hearts Delight (Kent, UK) *

78. Heatherslaw (Northumberland, UK) *

79. Heavens Door (Somerset, UK) *

80. Hell (Cayman Islands) *

81. Hell (Michigan, US)* The residents here had a huge celebration on the date 06/06/06

82. Hell (Norway)* The name Hell stems from the Old Norse word hellir, which means "overhang", "cliff cave". The Norwegian word 'hell' can also mean "luck". The Norwegian word for hell is "helvete", and there are several places in Norway with that name as well. A yearly blues festival, the Hell Blues Festival, takes place in the area around Hell each year. The festival changed its name to Hell Music Festival in 2006.

83. Hell (Texas)*

84. Hell Fer Sertain (Leslie County, Kentucky, US)*

85. Hell Gate (East River, Manhattan/Queens, New York, US) *

86. Hellhole Canyon (San Diego County, California) *

87. Hell's Beach (Vik, Iceland) *

88. Hell's Mouth (nr Abersoch, Wales) *

89. Helstone (Cornwall, UK) *

90. Herpes (village in France) *

91. Herodsfoot (Cornwall, UK) *

92. Herringfleet (Suffolk, UK) *

93. Hetton-le-Hole (Co. Durham, UK) *

94. Hicksville (New York, USA) *

95. Hicksville (Ohio, USA) *

96. High Cold Knott (Durham, UK) *

97. High Easter (Essex, UK) *

98. High Ham (Somerset, UK) *

99. High Point, Climax, With Intercourse (3 neighbouring US towns, PA) *

100. Higher Sharpnose Point (Morwenstow, Cornwall, UK) *

101. Hill of Petty (Aberdeenshire)*

102. Hoey (Saskatchewan, Canada) *

103. Hogeye (Texas, USA) *

104. Hoggie (Banffshire, Scotland) *

105. Hogsty End (Buckinghamshire, UK) * sadly, now renamed Woburn Sands

106. Hole Bottom (Yorkshire, UK) *

107. Holly Bush (Ledbury, Herefordshire, UK) *

108. Hollybush (Ayr, Scotland) *

109. Hollywood (Birmingham, UK)

110. Holywell (Cornwall, UK) * is that where holy water comes from?

111. Homerville (Georga, US) * Derrr

112. Hominy Falls (West Virginia, US) *

113. Honeybarrel (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) * favourite destination of Pooh Bear

114. Hoo (Rochester, Ken. UK) *

115. Hook (Swindon, Wiltshire; Goole, Yorkshire; and a 3rd in Basingstoke, Hampshire all in UK) * Ah ... but which one is the Captain
116. Hookersville (West Virginia, US) *

117. Hoot and Holler Crossing (Texas, USA) *
118. Hope (Derbyshire, UK; also Co Durham, UK; Northumberland, UK; Wrexham, Clwyd; and yet another, a 5th one in Kingsbridge, Devon, UK) *
119. Hope Point (Greenland)

120. Hopeulikit (Bulloch County, Georgia, USA) *

121. Hopton Wafers (Shrops, UK) *

122. Hor Point (Cornwall, UK) *

123. Hornepayne (Northern Ontario, Canada) *

124. Horneyman (Kent, UK) *

125. Hornyold Road (Malvern Wells, UK) *

126. Hornytown (North Carolina, USA) *

127. Horse and Jockey (County Tipperary, Ireland) * a village not the pub

128. Horsehay (Shropshire, UK)*

129. Horseheads (Chemung County, New York, USA) *

130. Horsehouse (Yorkshire, UK)*

131. Horwood (Devon, UK) *

132. Horwood Riding (Gloucestershire, UK) *

133. Howl John (Durham, UK) *

134. Howlong (NSW, Australia) *

135. Hucking (Nr.Sittingbourne, Kent, UK) *

136. Humptulips, (Washington, USA) *

137. Humpy Creek (Kachemak Bay, Alaska, US) *

138. Humptydoo (near Darwin, Australia) *

139. Hungry Bentley (Derbyshire, UK) * I thought they were thirsty

140. Hungry Mother State Park (S.W.Virginia, US)

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