Fa – the Green Dragon

A Place for the Odd Musings of an Expat Bristolian


Unusual U.K. place names 63. -Leigh de la Mere

LEIGH de la MERE (St. Margaret), Wiltshire

King Alfred camped here

Attacked Danes at Eddington

Saxon king’s palace


Unusual U.K. place names 47. – Old Sarum

OLD SARUM, Wiltshire

Iron age hill fort

Hunters then farmers lived here

Settled since B.C.

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Unusual U.K. place names 20. – Lychett Matravers


Lichett means grey Wood

Feudal Lord Hugh Maltravers

Name from Brittonic

Note: To explore these unusual place names, I urge readers to visit Google Earth to see where on earth they are situated and then to visit Wikipedia for expanded historical information. All of this is difficult to convey in just 17 syllables.