Top 10 unusual place names in Somerset

This sign features Cocklake - another of our favourites.

This sign features Cocklake - another of our favourites. - Credit: Archant

EVERY now and again in the Mercury office, someone will tell us where they live and we can barely conceal a snigger. We thought we would take a look through our patch and scour out some of the weirdest and most amusing place names we could find. Enjoy!

Cheddar Gorge.

Cheddar Gorge. - Credit: Archant

Velvet Bottom, Cheddar

This is actually a nature reserve. It probably has some lovely places to sit.

Langford Village Road Signs.16-9-09

Langford Village Road Signs.16-9-09 - Credit: Archant

Pudding Pie Lane, Langford

This delicious and fattening street is actually where the doctors surgery is.

Wrington Motors on the corner of High Street and School Road.

Wrington Motors on the corner of High Street and School Road. - Credit: Archant


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Cheddar gorge (Credit: Cheddar Caves and Gorge).

Cheddar gorge (Credit: Cheddar Caves and Gorge). - Credit: Archant

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Dag Hole, Cheddar

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East Huntspill05 ; East Huntspill in the Springtime and Village Sign 12-04-10 DK

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Leekbeds Lane, West Huntspill

We’re not sure if this lane used to be a very large allotment which only grew leeks, but we like to think so.

View of Highbridge and Burnham Town Sign.

View of Highbridge and Burnham Town Sign. - Credit: Archant

Nunney Close, Burnham-on-Sea

Again, although we don’t know where this street got its name from, we like to think someone saw a line of nuns and thought ‘this streets a bit nunney’.

Worle High St.

Worle High St. - Credit: Archant

Flamingo Crescent, Worle

Not the most unusual of the names on the list, but delightfully ostentatious. Especially compared to neighbouring streets – finch, tawny… and then a flamingo.

The Strawberry or old Cheddar Valley Railway line that runs through Winscombe.

The Strawberry or old Cheddar Valley Railway line that runs through Winscombe. - Credit: Archant

Hind Pits, Shipham

A lovely combination, which really speaks for itself.

Worle map

Worle map - Credit: Archant

Rivendell, Worle

One for the geeks among us. Some of you may know Rivendell is the place where Elves live in JRR Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings saga. Didn’t realise it was on our mailing list.

Cheddar Gorge David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

Cheddar Gorge David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Scott’s Hole Drove, Cheddar

No one knows who Scott is, but this sounds painful.

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