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I Remember Your Name Perfectly But I Can’t For The Life Of Me Remember What You Look Like 22 May, 2007

Posted by monopod in Books.
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For H-L and Dene:

“Until the middle of the 19th Century, this quiet little village’s name was only twenty letters long, and had a space in it. The place pootled along quite happily as Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll (meaning ‘St Mary’s church near the pool by the white hazels’) for centuries, attracting very little attention.”

Until, of course, the railways came, and in a last-ditch attempt to secure some of this tourist traffic for its own coffers, Llanfair(etc.) rechristened itself as Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychweyndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (the church of St Mary in the hollow of the white hazel near the fierce whirlpool and the church of Tysilio by the red cave).

Regrettably for Llanfair(etc.), of course, I’m reliably informed that the only real tourist draw in Llanfair(etc.) is taking your picture next to a sign with the longest place name in Britain. It’s a wonderfully easy trick, which explains why, “with remarkable competitive mean-spiritedness, just down the road, the miniature railway in Gwynedd recently gave its old Golf Halt station a new name nine letters longer than Llanfair’s.”

So now Gorsafawddachiadraigodanheddogleddollonpenrhynareurdraethceredigion (the Mawddach station with its dragon’s teeth on the northerly Penrhyn drive on the golden beach of Cardigan Bay) now has the longest place name in Britain.

“We look forward to Llanfair PG upping the ante further by changing its name to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychweyndrobwllllantysiliogogogochaoeddarenwlle- mwyafhirymmhyrdain (the church of St Mary in the hollow of the white hazel near the fierce whirlpool and the church of Tysilio by the red cave which used to have the longest place name in Britain).”

— Bollocks to Alton Towers: Uncommonly British Days Out – Robin Halstead, Jason Hazeley, Alex Morris and Joel Morris

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1. Gond - 23 May, 2007

Heehee! Been there!

2. monopod - 23 May, 2007

Poor old chappies. All that money spent on a rebranding exercise…

3. Gond - 23 May, 2007

Makes for a good story, though! They can put that in their tourism leaflets!!


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