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Unusual U.K. place names 31 – Bungay


BUNGAY, Suffolkshire

Called Bucincga Haye

after Bonna, Saxon chief

Now a market town

Note: Met a fellow from Bungay yesterday so I decided to write this piece.


Author: Cethru Cellophane

I have reached the regrettable realization that I may have squandered my life. I did a quick count recently and figured that I have visited about 66 countries, and lived for more than 3 years in 3 of them. During this time I completed 14 corporate moves (relocations) and have changed my address more than 23 times. I should have settled on a profession that would have kept me in one place with no packing and unpacking. When I think of the time I have spent bundling my life into and out of boxes. Ah well, it's all water under the bridge. But I am grateful for the experience. At the end of the day I will be able to say with a certain authority, "been there, done that". A note about this site’s Header Image The Header image for this site is of the Smith Avenue High Bridge. The bridge was built in 1889 and carries Minnesota State Highway 149 across its span of 2770 feet, 160 feet above the mighty Mississippi River. The picture was taken from the river looking to the north-east and downtown Saint Paul. The bridge is about 1040 miles from New Orleans. One of the reasons I like this view is that I come from a city which has a spectacular bridge. It’s the Clifton Suspension Bridge http://www.ikbrunel.org.uk/clifton-suspension-bridge which spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon in Bristol, U.K. It’s about 1350 feet long and stands 245 feet above the river below. Sadly it has claimed the lives of more than 400 people who have committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. As a side note, not all attempts were successful. two small girls thrown off the bridge by their deranged father survived the fall when they were fished from the river by the crew of a passing pilot boat. The bridge was opened in 1864 and was designed by the 24 year old architect, Isambard Kingdom brunel. It took 35 years to complete.

5 thoughts on “Unusual U.K. place names 31 – Bungay

  1. I love the sense of history revealed in your place names. More importantly you Brits keep it alive. I’m sure there are many place names in the US I could learn from if i put my mind to it.

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    • That’s great! Why don’t you give it a whirl? You could start with Shaker Heights. BTW the business I used to call on there back in the late 70’s was a place called Europa Travel. The place looked like a Bavarian style house. Can’t remember the owner’s name. I think it was Jerry something.


      • Shaker Heights does keep its historic connection to the Shakers alive. There is a cemetery where Shakers are buried that I walk by on the way to the grocery store. There is a stone grist mill the Shakers used not far away. It got its water from the Shaker Lakes. I googled Europa Travel but got nothing specific. I enjoy this conversation. 🙂

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      • See, how interesting it becomes just looking back a little. I now realize that I was last there bout 43 years ago. I lived in Chicago at that time.

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  2. I lived in Chicago (Hyde Park) from 1994 to 2012. Love that city!


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