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Weirdest Town Names in the UK (Part 2)

Guys and gals, please welcome the second edition of our Weirdest Town Names in the UK series.  Following the success of our first post, we ‘begrudgingly’ trawled the towns and villages of the UK for another hilarious dose of odd town names. We hope you enjoy.

Eccup, Leeds

This sweet little village is nestled in the Yorkshire moors just five miles from Leeds. It has a couple of claims to fame. First, the village boasts the big Eccup Reservoir. Secondly, Eccup is the setting of “Emmerdale”, ITV’s rural drama.  There are a handful of properties for sale and for rent should you fancy rubbing shoulders with the cast.

Glossop, Derbyshire

Glossop is a market town in Derbyshire often referred to as “the gateway to the Peak District National Park”. This bustling old cotton-making town is easily within commuting distance of Manchester and Sheffield.  Check out hundreds of properties for sale at an average asking price of £184,007.

Jump, South Yorkshire

According to local legend, Jump village was named Jump after a small river that ran through the village and the local coal miners having to ‘jump’ over the river to gain access. Jump has a small selection of pubs and a Working Mens Club including The Coach And Horses pictured above. There is also a traditional Fish and Chip shop, a butcher, a hairdresser, a convenience store and a Post Office.

Mumbles, Swansea

Wake up and take in that sea air in Mumbles.  This large Welsh village tucked away behind Swansea Bay is complete with busy sea-side community, Mumbles Lighthouse and Oystermouth Castle. Urban legend dictates that the possible source of the name is from the word Mamucium which is thought to derive from the Celtic language meaning breast-shaped hill.  Who are we to argue, but if you see yourself living here check out the properties For Sale or Rent.

Fishponds, Bristol

Fishponds is a outer urban area swimming around to the north-east of Bristol.  It boasts a nice park in the main shopping area, two supermarkets, and good public transport. It has an eclectic mix of Victorian properties, some modest 1930’s semis and then some not so nice modern/council housing. Fishponds gets its name from when it was a quarry district – there were many large fishponds in the area which have since been filled in.