I can remember when Coventry was pronounced CUventry and Cirencester was
From: John Clark
Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2013 7:00 PM
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] A Friday toponymic topic
On 28/08/2013 19:24, Tony Williamson wrote:
> We have a Berwick in East Sussex which the railways insist on labeling
> Berwick (Sussex) on timetables, as they do with Hampden Park just outside
What always trouble me are the two Gillinghams, in Kent and Dorset, and
which is the one with the hard G and which is the one with the soft J - and
which of them Professor John Gillingham was named after!
I can tell Witham in Essex from the River Witham in Lincoln, but always have
trouble with Walthamstow (my impression is it should be Walt'mstow, like
Waltham Abbey, but most of the locals now prefer Walth'mstow). Just back
from a holiday in Devon - still unclear if the place on the River Exe is
Top-sh'm or Tops'm.
Of course, I now live in Southwark, and our local tube station is Borough -
both of which are notoriously unpronounceable for foreign visitors.