List of irregularly spelt places in the United Kingdom

This is a sublist of List of irregularly spelled English names.

London places as though Cony Hatch, De Beaver Town, Marlybən, Grenidge, Plahstow, Aye-zəlworth
Colney COney Hatch
Colney COney Hatch
De Beauvoir BEAver Town (usu.)
De Beauvoir BEAver Town (usu.)
Marylebone MARlyb'n (alt.)
Marylebone MARlyb'n (alt.)
Plaistow PLAHsto
Plaistow PLAHsto
Ruislip RYslip
Ruislip RYslip
Greenwich GRENidge
Greenwich GRENidge
Southwark SU-ðərK
Southwark SU-ðərK
Vauxhall VOK-sawl
Vauxhall VOK-sawl
Dulwich DULLidge
Dulwich DULLidge
Chiswick CHIZick
Chiswick CHIZick
Isleworth Ayezəlworth
Isleworth Ayezəlworth
A map of irregularly spelled places in London

These common suffixes have these regular pronunciations, yet would be counterintuitive (irregular) in normal English:

Prefixes:

  • Al- /ˈɒl, ˈɔːl/; excludes very few such as Alba, Alperton.
  • Saint is usually given a natural, much shorter vowel form for most often said places, by most speakers.

ListEdit

Subdivision Place Pronunciation Notes
Respelling IPA
England Acomb, North Yorkshire YAK-əm /ˈjækəm/[1]
England Acomb, Northumberland YEK-əm /ˈjɛkəm/[1]
Northern Ireland Ahoghill a-HOKH-il /æˈhɒxɪl/
England Aigburth EG-bərth /ˈɛɡbərθ/ ( listen)
England Aike YAK /ˈjæk/ ( listen)[1]
England Aldeburgh AWL-bə-rə /ˈɔːlbərə/
England Allerton, West Yorkshire OL-ər-tən /ˈɒlərtən/ but intuitive in Allerton, Liverpool/ˈælərtən/
England Almeley A(L)M-lee /ˈæ(l)ml/
England Alnmouth AL(Ə)N-mowth /ˈæl(ə)nmθ/
England Alnwick AN-ik /ˈænɪk/ ( listen)
England Althorp AWL-trəp /ˈɔːltrəp/[2]
England Altrincham AWL-tring-əm /ˈɒltrɪŋəm/ ( listen)[2]
England Alresford, Essex OLS-fərd /ˈɒlsfərd/ ( listen)
England AYLS-fərd /ˈlsfərd/
England Alresford, Hampshire OLZ-fərd /ˈɒlzfərd/
England Alsager OL-sayj-ər /ˈɒlsər/
England Alverdiscott OL-skot /ˈɒlskɒt/
Scotland Anstruther AYN-stər /ˈnstər/ Often: as written
England Apethorpe APP-thorp /ˈæpθɔːrp/
England Ardingly AR-ding-ly /ˈɑːrdɪŋl/
England Ashtead ASH-sted /ˈæʃstɛd/
England Ashby-de-la-Zouch ASH-bee-də-lə-ZOOSH /æʃbidələˈzʃ/
England Aslackby AY-zəl-bee /ˈzəlbi/
Scotland Athelstaneford AYL-sən-fərd /ˈlsənfərd/ Also pronounced regularly
Scotland Auchinleck like Affleck /ˈæflɛk/ Also pronounced regularly
England Aughton, Lancaster AF-tən /ˈæftən/
England Averham AYR-əm /ˈɛərəm/
England Aveton Gifford AW-tən-JIF-ərd /ˈɔːtən ˈɪfərd/ ( listen)
Scotland Avoch AWKH /ˈɔːx/
England Ayscoughfee Hall ASK-ə-fee-HAWL /ˈæskəf/ ( listen)
England Balliol College BAYL-ee-əl-KOL-ij /ˈbliəl/[2]
England Barham BARR-əm /ˈbærəm/[2]
England Barholm BARR-əm /ˈbærəm/
England Barnoldswick BAR-lik /ˈbɑːrlɪk/
England Barugh, North Yorkshire BARF /bɑːrf/[2]
England Barugh, South Yorkshire BARK /ˈbɑːrk/
England Basford BAYSS-fərd /ˈbsfərd/
England Beaconsfield BEK-ənz-feeld /ˈbɛkənzfld/ ( listen)
England Beaminster BEM-in-stər /ˈbɛmɪnstər/
England Beauchamp Roding BEECH-əm Roding /ˈbəm/
England Beauchief BEE-chif /ˈbɪf/
England Beaudesert like Belzer /ˈbɛlzər/[3][4]
England Beaulieu BYOO-lee /ˈbjli/[2]
England Bellingham, Northumberland BEL-in-jəm /ˈbɛlɪnəm/[2]
England Belvoir Castle like beaver /ˈbvər/
England Berkeley like Barkley /ˈbɑːrkli/[2] Shared by multiple places.
England Berwick-upon-Tweed BERR-ik-upon-Tweed /ˈbɛrɪk/[2]
England Bicester BIS-tər /ˈbɪstər/[2]
England Bideford BID-i-fərd /ˈbɪdɪfərd/
England Billericay bil-ə-RIK-ee /ˌbɪləˈrɪki/[2]
England Blackley like Blakely /ˈblkli/ ( listen)[2]
England Blidworth BLID-ərth /ˈblɪdərθ/
England Bosham BOZ-əm /ˈbɒzəm/ ( listen)
England Bovey Tracey BUVV-y TRAYcy /ˈbʌvɪ ˈtrsɪ/
England Bozeat BOH-zhət /ˈbʒət/
England Bradley BRAYD-lee /ˈbrdli/[2]
England Brant Broughton BRANT-BROO-tən /ˈbrænt ˈbrtən/
England Breaston BREE-stən /ˈbrstən/
England Brewood like brood /brd/ ( listen)
England Bridestowe BRID-i-stoh /ˈbrɪdɪst/
England Brough BRUF /ˈbrʌf/
England Brougham like broom /brm/
England Browsholme Hall BROOZ-əm-HAWL /ˈbrzəm/
England Bungay BUNG-ee /ˈbʌŋɡi/
England Burgh le Marsh BƏ-rə le Marsh /ˈbʌrə/
England Burgh by Sands BRUF by Sands /brʌf/[2]
England Bylaugh BEE-lə /ˈblə/
England Caius College KEEZ College /ˈkz/[2]
England Caldmore KAHM-ər /ˈkɑːmər/
England Cambois KAM-is /ˈkæməs/
England Cambridge KAYM-brij /ˈkmbrɪ/[2] Cambridge, Gloucestershire sometimes is /ˈkæmbrɪ/
England Caterham KAY-tər-əm /ˈktərəm/
England Cheshunt CHEZ-ənt /ˈɛzənt/
England Cheviot Hills CHIV-i-ət Hills /ˈviət/
England Cheylesmore CHAHLZ-mor /ˈɑːlzmɔːr/
England Chideock CHID-ək /ˈɪdək/[5]
England Chiswick CHIZ-ik /ˈɪzɪk/ ( listen)[6]
England Cholmondeley CHUM-lee /ˈʌmli/[2]
England Cholmondeston CHUM-stən /ˈʌmstən/
England Chop Gate CHOP-YAT /ˈɒp ˈjæt/[7]
England Cirencester SIS-i-tər /ˈsɪsɪtər/[2]
England Claughton, Lancaster KLAF-tən /ˈklæftən/[2]
England Claughton, Merseyside KLAW-tən /ˈklɔːtən/
England Claughton-on-Brock KLY-tən-on-Brock /ˈkltən/
England Cleobury Mortimer KLIB-ər-ee Mortimer /ˈklɪbəri/[2]
England Cley-next-the-Sea KLY-next-the-Sea /ˈkl/
England Cogenhoe KUUK-noh /ˈkʊkn/
England Colerne KUL-ərn /ˈkʌlərn/
England Coleshill KOHZ-il /ˈkzɪl/
England Colney Hatch KOHN-ee Hatch /ˈkni/
Northern Ireland Comber KUM-bər /ˈkʌmbər/
England Combeinteignhead Koom in TINəd /kmɪnˈtɪnəd/
England Congresbury KONGZ-bə-ree /ˈkɒŋzbəri/
England Cononley KUUN-lə /ˈkʊnlə/
England Costessey KOSS-ee /ˈkɒsi/[2]
England Cowbit KUB-it /ˈkʌbɪt/[8]
England Cowden kow-DEN /kˈdɛn/
England Cowpen KOO-pen /ˈkpɛn/
England Cradley KRAYD-lee /ˈkrdli/
England Croxton Kerrial KROH-sən KERR-il /ˈkrsən ˈkɛrɪl/
England Cruwys Morchard KROOZ Morchard /ˈkrz/
England Cuckfield KUUK-feeld /ˈkʊkfld/[2]
England Cudworth KUD-ərth /ˈkʊdərθ/
Scotland Culross KOOR-ross /ˈkʊərɒs/[2]
Northern Ireland Cultra kul-TRAW /kʌlˈtrɔː/
Scotland Culzean Castle kə-LAYN Castle /kəˈln/[2]
England Darwen like Darwin /ˈdɑːrwɪn/[9]
England Daventry DAYN-tree /ˈdntri/ Often: as written
England De Beauvoir Town də-BEE-vər Town /də ˈbvər/ Regular also heard, especially in relatively new residents.
Wales Denbigh DEN-bee /dɛnbi/
England Derby like Darby /ˈdɑːrbi/ ( listen)
England Devon DEV-ən /ˈdɛvən/
England Didcot DID-kət /ˈdɪdkət/ ( listen)[9]
England Dodworth DOD-ərth /ˈdɒdərθ/
England Doublebois DOUBle boys /ˈdʌblbɔɪz/ Regular if not interpreted as French
Scotland Dounreay doon-RAY /dnˈr/[10]
England Dunchideock DUN-chid-ək /ˈdʌnɪdək/
England Durham DURR-əm /ˈdʌrəm/ ( listen)
England Edensor EN-zər /ˈɛnzər/
England Edenham ED-nəm /ˈɛdnəm/
England Elham EEL-əm /ˈləm/
England Elsecar EL-si-kər /ˈɛlsɪkər/ Often: as written
England Ely EEL-ee /ˈli/
England Elmsall EMS-əl /ˈɛmsəl/ Both North Elmsall and South Elmsall in West Yorkshire
England Esher EESH-ər /ˈʃər/[9]
England Eton College EE-tən College /ˈtən/ ( listen)
England Euxton EX-tən /ˈɛkstən/[2]
England Eyam EEM /m/[2]
England Eynsham EN-shəm /ˈɛnʃəm/
England Farcet FAS-ət /ˈfæsət/
Scotland Findochty fin-UKH-tee /ˈfɪnəxti/
England Flitwick FLIT-ik /ˈflɪtɪk/ ( listen)
England Foleshill FOHZ-il /ˈfzɪl/
England Folkingham FOK-ing-əm /ˈfɒkɪŋəm/
England Fowey like Foy /ˈfɔɪ/[2][9]
Scotland Friockheim FREEK-əm /ˈfrkəm/
England Frithsden FRIZ-dən /ˈfrɪzdən/
England Frome FROOM /ˈfrm/[2]
Scotland Garioch GHEE-ree /ˈɡɪəri/[9]
England Gateacre GAT-ə-kər /ˈɡætəkər/[2]
England Gillingham, Kent JIL-ing-əm /ˈɪlɪŋəm/ ( listen)[11]
England Gillingham, Dorset; Gillingham, Norfolk GHIL-ing-əm /ˈɡɪlɪŋəm/
Scotland Glamis GLAHMZ /ˈɡlɑːmz/[2]
Scotland Glenzier GLING-ər /ˈɡlɪŋər/
England Gloucester GLOSS-tər /ˈɡlɒstər/
England Godmanchester GUM-stər /ˈɡʌmstər/[12] Often: as written
Wales Goodwick GOOD-ik /ˈɡʊdɪk/
England Gotham GOHT-əm /ˈɡtəm/[2]
Scotland Grandtully GRANT-lee /ˈɡræntli/
England Greenwich GREN-ich /ˈɡrɛnɪ/;[2]
England Greysouthen GRAY-soon /ˈɡrsn/
England Groby GROO-bee /ˈɡrbi/
England Guildford GHIL-fərd /ˈɡɪlfərd/ ( listen)[2]
Scotland Gullane GIL-ən /ˈɡɪlən/
England Guisborough GHIZ-bər-ə /ˈɡɪzbərə/
England Happisburgh HAYZ-bər-ə /ˈhzbərə/[2]
England Harewood House HAR-wuud House /ˈhɑːrwʊd/ The nearby village, Harewood, is pronounced regularly.
England Hatch Beauchamp Hatch BEECH-əm /ˈbəm/[13]
England Haverholme HAV-rəm /ˈhævrəm/
England Haverhill HAV-rill /ˈhævrɪl/
Wales Hawarden like harden /ˈhɑːrdən/
Scotland Hawick HOYK /ˈhɔɪk/[2] Also pronounced regularly
England Heather HEEDH-ər /ˈhðər/[2]
England Herstmonceux hurs-mən-ZOO, hurs-mən-SOO /ˌhɜːrsmənˈz/, /-ˈs/[14]
England Hertford HAHT-fəd /ˈhɑːtfəd/
England Hertford College HAH-fəd /ˈhɑːfəd/
England Hessle HEZ-əl /ˈhɛzəl/[2]
England Holborn HOH-bərn /ˈhbərn/ ( listen)[2]
England Holnicote Estate HUN-ee-kot Estate /ˈhʌnɪkɒt/
Wales Holyhead HOL-ee-hed /ˈhɒlihɛd/
England Holywell HOL-ee-wel /ˈhɒliwɛl/
England Hough-on-the-Hill HOF-on-the-Hill /hɒf/
England Hougham HOF-əm /ˈhɒfəm/
England Houghton-le-Spring HOW-tən-le-Spring /ˈhtən lə ˈsprɪŋ/
England Hunstanton HUN-stən /ˈhʌnstən/[2]
England Ide EED /d/
Scotland Isle of Gigha Isle of GHEE /ˈɡə/[2]
England Isleworth IZE-əl-wərth /ˈzəlwɜːrθ/ ( listen)
England Islip IZE-lip /ˈzlɪp/
England Iwerne Minster YOO-urn Minster /ˈjuːɜːrn/
Scotland Jarlshof YARLS-hof /ˈjɑːrlshɒf/
England Jervaulx Abbey ZHUR-voh Abbey /ˈʒɜːrv/
England Keadby KID-bee /ˈkɪdbi/
England Keighley KEETH-lee /ˈkθli/[2]
England Keynsham KAYN-shəm /ˈknʃəm/[9]
Scotland Kilchurn Castle KIL-ərn Castle /ˈkɪlərn/
Scotland Kilconquhar kin-YUKH-ər /kɪnˈjʌxər/
Scotland Kilncadzow kil-KAY-gay /kɪlˈkɡ/
Scotland Kingussie king-YOO-see /kɪŋˈjsi/[2]
England Kingston Bagpuize Kingston BAG-pyooz /ˈbæɡpjz/[15]
England Kirkby like Kirby /ˈkɜːrbi/[2] Pronounced intuitively in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.
Scotland Kirkcaldy kur-KAW-dee /kɜːrˈkɔːdi/
Scotland Kirkcudbright kur-KOO-bree /kɜːrˈkbri/[2]
Wales Laugharne LARN /ˈlɑːrn/
England Laughton LAO-tən /ˈltən/
England Launceston, Cornwall LAWN-stən /ˈlɔːnstən/[2]
England Leamington Spa LEM-ing-tən Spa /ˈlɛmɪŋtən/ ( listen)
England Leasingham LEZ-ing-əm /ˈlɛzɪŋəm/
England Leicester like Lester /ˈlɛstər/[2]
England Leigh, Dorset like lye /l/[2] All UK "Leighs", except Leigh, Manchester and Leigh-on-Sea
England Leominster LEM-stər /ˈlɛmstər/ ( listen)[2]
England Lilleshall LIL-ə-shel /ˈlɪləʃɛl/
England Lincoln LINK-ən /ˈlɪŋkən/
England Liskeard, Cornwall liss-KARD /lɪˈskɑːrd/[2]
England Little Hautbois Little HOB-iss /ˈhɒbɪs/
Scotland Loch Muick Loch MIK /ˈmɪk/[10]
England Loose LOOZ /lz/
England Lostwithiel los-WITH-ee-əl /lɒsˈwɪθiəl/[2]
Northern Ireland Lough Neagh NAY /n/[2]
England Loughborough LUF-bar-ə /ˈlʌfbrə/ ( listen)
England Lover LOHV-ər /ˈlvər/
England Ludgershall LUG-ər-shawl /ˈlʌɡərʃɔːl/
England Ludgvan, Cornwall LUJ-ən /ˈlʌən/
England Luxulyan, Cornwall luk-SIL-yən /lʌkˈsɪljən/
England Lydgate Lane, Crosspool Li-JIT /ˈlɪɪt/ Also applies to places in Sheffield like Lydgate Park, Lydgate Junior School and Lydgate Infant School
England Lympne LIM /ˈlɪm/[2]
England Magdalen(e) College MAWD-lin College /ˈmɔːdlɪn/ Applies to both Magdalen College, Oxford and Magdalene College, Cambridge
England Magdalen Hall MAWN Hall /mɔːn/
England Manea MAYN-ee /ˈmeɪni/
England Marholm MAR-əm /ˈmærəm/
England Market Weighton Market WEE-tən /ˈwiːtən/
England Marlborough MORL-bə-rə /ˈmɔːrlbərə/
England Marske-by-the-Sea MASK-by-the-Sea /ˈmæsk/
England Marylebone MAR-lee-bən /ˈmɑːrlɪbən/
England Masham MASS-əm /ˈmæsəm/
England Meaux MYOOSS /mjuːs/
England Meols MELZ /mɛlz/
England Meols Cop MEELZ Cop /miːlz/
England Meopham MEP-əm /ˈmɛpəm/ ( listen)
England Mildenhall, Suffolk MULD-ən-hawl /ˈmʌldənhɔːl/
England Mildenhall, Wiltshire MY-nəl /ˈmaɪnəl/
Scotland Milngavie məl-GHY /məlˈɡ/
Scotland Moray like Murry /ˈmʌri/[n 5]
England Mossley MOZ-lee /ˈmɒzli/
England Mousehole MAOZ-əl /ˈmaʊzəl/
England Mow Cop MAO Cop /ˈmaʊkɒp/
England Muswell Hill MUZ-əl Hill /ˈmʌzəl/ Often: as written
England Mytholmroyd MY-dhəm-royd /ˌmaɪðəmˈrɔɪd/
England Norwich NOR-ij /ˈnɒrɪdʒ/
England Olney AWN-ee /ˈɔːni/
England OHL-nee /ˈoʊlni/
England Osbournby OZ-ən-bree /ˈɒzənbi/
England Oswaldtwistle OZ-əl-twiz-əl /ˈɒzəltwɪzəl/
England Oving OOV-ing /ˈuːvɪŋ/
England Ovingham OV-in-jəm /ˈɒvɪndʒəm/
England Pall Mall PAL-MAL /ˈpælˈmæl/ ( listen)
England Peascod Street, Windsor PES-kəd Street /ˈpɛskəd/
Scotland Penicuik pen-i-cook /ˈpɛnɪkʊk/[10]
Scotland Peterculter peet-ər-KOOT-ər /ˌptərˈktər/ ( listen)
England Plaistow PLAH-stoh /ˈplɑːst/ ( listen)
England Plymouth PLIM-əth /ˈplɪməθ/
England Pontefract PUM-frit /ˈpʌmfrɪt/ Often: as written
England Ponteland PON-tee-lənd /pɒnˈtiːlənd/
England Portesham like possum /ˈpɒsəm/
England Postwick with Witton PAW-zik with Witton /ˈpɔːzɪk/
England Poxwell POHKS-wel /ˈpoʊkswɛl/
England Prideaux PRID-əx /ˈprɪdəks/
England Prinknash Abbey PRIN-əsh Abbey /ˈprɪnəʃ/
England Prudhoe PRUD /ˈprʌdə/
England Puncknowle PUN-əl /ˈpʌnəl/
England Quadring KWAY-dring /ˈkweɪdrɪŋ/
England Quernmore KWOR-mər /ˈkwɔːrmər/
England Rainworth REN-ərth /ˈrɛnərθ/
England Rampisham like ransom /ˈrænsəm/
England Ratlinghope RACH-up /ˈrætʃʌp/
England Reading RED-ing /ˈrɛdɪŋ/
England Rievaulx ree-VOH /riːvoʊ/
Scotland Ravenstruther REN-stree /ˈrɛnstri/
RAYN-stree /rnstri/
Scotland River Avon River AHN /ˈɑːn/
England River Cherwell River CHAR-wel /ˈtʃɑːrwɛl/
England River Devon River DEE-vən /ˈdvən/[16]
England River Nene River NEN /nɛn/ Also pronounced regularly, depending on location
England River Teign River tin /tɪn/ The pronunciation carries over to Teignmouth, Combeinteignhead and Stokeinteignhead, but not to Kingsteignton and Bishopsteignton
Scotland River Teviot River TEE-vee-ət /ˈtviət/
England River Thame River TAYM /ˈteɪm/
England River Thames River TEMZ /ˈtɛmz/ ( listen)
England Rocester like roaster /ˈroʊstər/
England Roughton ROO-tən /ˈruːtən/
England Ruislip RY-slip /ˈraɪslɪp/
Scotland Ruthven like riven /ˈrɪvən/
England St. Briavels SƏNT BREV-əlz /sənt ˈbrɛvəlz/
England St. Ives, Cornwall SƏNT EEV /sənt ˈiːv/
England St. Teath, Cornwall SƏNT TETH /sənt tɛθ/
England Salisbury SOLZ-bər-ee /ˈsɒlzbəri, ˈsɔːlz-/
England Salle SAWL /ˈsɔːl/
England Sandwich SAND-wij /sændwɪdʒ/ Also pronounced regularly
Scotland Sanquhar SANK-ər /ˈsæŋkər/
Scotland Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow SUKH-ee-hawl /ˈsʌxihɔːl/
Scotland Scone SKOON /ˈskn/
England Seighford SY-fərd /ˈsaɪfərd/
England Shrewsbury SHROHZ-bər-ee /ˈʃroʊzbəri/ Also pronounced regularly. The form shown is mainly associated with Shrewsbury School.
England Shaftesbury SHAFTS-bər-ee /ˈʃɑːftsbəri, ˈʃæfts-/
England Slaithwaite SLA-wit /ˈslæwɪt/
England Slaugham SLAF-əm /ˈslæfəm/
England Snowshill SNOZ-əl /ˈsnɒzəl/
England SNOHZ-əl /ˈsnoʊzəl/
England Southwark SUDH-ərk /ˈsʌðərk/ ( listen)
England Southwell SUDH-el /ˈsʌðəl/ Also pronounced regularly
England Sowerby, West Yorkshire SOR-bee /ˈsɔːrbi/ Includes Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, and also pronounced regularly.
England Sproxton SPROH-sən /ˈsproʊsən/
England Staithes like Steers /stɪərz/
England Stawell STOL /stɒl/
England Steyning STEN-ing /ˈstɛnɪŋ/
England Stiffkey STYOO-kee /ˈstjuːkiː/ Quite often: as written
England Stivichall STY-chəl /ˈstaɪtʃəl/
England Stockingford STOK-ing-FORD /ˌstɒkɪŋˈfɔːrd/
England Stokenham Stoke ən HAM /stkənˈhæm/ Pronounced as in American names, not like -ham in most English names
England Stokeinteignhead Stoke in TINəd /stkɪnˈtɪnəd/
Scotland Strathaven STRAY-vən /ˈstrvən/[9]
England Streatham STRET-əm /ˈstrɛtəm/
England Stroxton STRAW-sən /ˈstrɔːsən/
Wales Swansea SWON-zee /ˈswɒnzi/
England Sydenham SID-ən-əm /ˈsɪdənəm/
England Tacolneston TAK-əl-stən /ˈtækəlstən/
England Teigngrace ting-GRACE /tɪŋ'greɪs/
England Teignmouth TIN-məth /ˈtɪnməθ/
England Teston TEE-sən /ˈtiːsən/
England Thame like tame /ˈteɪm/
England The Cheviot The CHIV-i-ət /ˈviət/
England Theobald's Road TIB-əldz Road /ˈtɪbəldz/ Often: as written
England Threekingham THREK-ing-əm /ˈθrɛkɪŋɡəm/
England Thriplow TRIP-low /ˈtrɪpl/[1]
England Tideswell TID-səl /ˈtɪdsəl/
Scotland Tillicoultry ti-li-KOO-tree /ˌtɪlɪˈkuːtri/
England Tintwistle like tinsel /ˈtɪnsəl/
England Todmorden TOD-mər-dən /ˈtɒdmərdən/
England Torpenhow trə-PEN /trəˈpɛnə/ Quite often: as written
England Towcester like toaster /ˈtoʊstər/
England Tow Law TAO Law /taʊˈlɔː/
England Trewoon, Cornwall TROO-ən /ˈtruːən/
England Trottiscliffe TROZ-lee /ˈtrɒzli/
Scotland Udny Green WID-nee /ˈwɪdni/[dubious ]
Scotland Udny Station WID-nee /ˈwɪdni/[dubious ]
England Ulgham UF-əm /ˈʌfəm/
England Uttoxeter yoo-TOKS-it-ər /juːˈtɒksɪtər/
England UCH-it-ər /ˈʌtʃɪtər/
England Vauxhall VOKS-hawl /ˈvɒks.ɔːl/
England Warwick WOR-ik /ˈwɒrɪk/
England Wavertree WAW-tree /ˈwɔːrtri/ Mostly obsolete
England Wednesbury WENZ-bə-ree /ˈwɛnzbəri/
Scotland Wemyss Bay WEEMZ /ˈwiːmz/[9]
England Welwyn WEL-in /ˈwɛlɪn/ ( listen)
England Wesham WES-əm /ˈwɛsəm/
England Whittingham, Northumberland WHIT-in-jəm /ˈwɪtɪndʒəm/
England Widecombe in the Moor WID-i-kəm in the Moor /ˈwɪdɪkəm/
England Wisbech WIZ-beech /ˈwɪzbiːtʃ/
England Witham WIT-əm /ˈwɪtəm/
England Wombwell WUUM-wel /ˈwʊmwɛl/
England Woodhay like woody /ˈwʊdi/
England Woolfardisworthy WUUL-zee /ˈwʊlzi/
England WUUL-zə-ree /ˈwʊlzəri/
England Worcester WUUS-tər /ˈwʊstər/
England Worstead WUUS-ted /ˈwʊstəd/
England Woughton WUUF-tən /ˈwʊftən/
England Wressle REZ-əl /ˈrɛzəl/
England Wrotham ROOT-əm /ˈruːtəm/
England Wroughton RAW-tən /ˈrɔːtən/
England Wybunbury WIM-bree /ˈwɪmbri/
England WIN-bə-ree /ˈwɪnbəri/
England Wycombe WIK-əm /ˈwɪkəm/
England Wymondham WIND-əm /ˈwɪndəm/
England Yeaton YET-ən /ˈjɛtən/
England Yeavering YEV-ə-ring /ˈjɛvərɪŋ/
England Zouch ZOCH /zɒtʃ/

UK TerritoriesEdit

Bermuda Sandys Parish like Sands /ˈsændz/

NotesEdit

  1. ^ e.g. City of Leicester, which follows e.g. Towcester, Rocester and Alcester – /ˈɒlstər/ or /ˈɔːlstər/
  2. ^ Well-known, large examples are Woolwich and West Bromwich cf. Nantwich and Droitwich Spa
  3. ^ e.g. Smethwick, Chiswick and Flitwick
  4. ^ Accordingly: Southwick, Hampshire - /ˈsʌðɪk/ Anomalies: Southwick, West Sussex is pronounced /ˈsθwɪk/, like Painswick, Gloucestershire, Prestwick and Hardwick as well as Pickwick a former village in Wiltshire through which the novel The Pickwick Papers got its title, but these by population represent a very small minority.
  5. ^ Murray is also a common surname generally pronounced in this orthodox way.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d P. H. Reaney (1969). The Origin of English Place Names. Routledge and Kegan Paul. pp. 44–5. ISBN 0-7100-2010-4.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az Wells, John C. (2000). Longman Pronunciation Dictionary. 2nd ed. Longman. ISBN 0-582-36468-X.
  3. ^ Reflecting original "Beldesert" "Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Website | Warwickshire | Our Town|History|". Henley-in-Arden. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  4. ^ Bill Bryson (1991-09-01). The Mother Tongue. HarperCollins. p. 197. ISBN 978-0-380-71543-5.
  5. ^ Wells, John (6 May 2010). "Chideock". John Wells's phoetic blog. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  6. ^ "How Do You Pronounce Theydon Bois?". Londonist. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Chop Gate". yorkshiremoors.co.uk. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  8. ^ "History of Cowbit - Cowbit Village". cowbitvillage.co.uk. 2 April 2014. Archived from the original on 3 April 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h Pronouncing British Placenames at BBC's Edited Guide Entry h2g2 site
  10. ^ a b c "Moray - Pronunciation". Rootsweb at ancestry.com. Retrieved January 4, 2015.
  11. ^ Pointon, G.E. (1983). BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-212976-7.
  12. ^ "Oliver Cromwell's home; fields amid which his boyhood was passed. Villages in the neighborhood- where other great men were born-the boy Oliver saved". nY Times. 1888-12-30. Retrieved 2013-03-10.
  13. ^ http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/Bristol_and_Somerset/2000-01/0949053929[dead link]
  14. ^ Roach & Hartman, eds (1997) English Pronouncing Dictionary, 15th edition. (Cambridge University Press). p. 234
  15. ^ "A Snippet of Village History". www.kingston-bagpuize.com. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  16. ^ Lycett Green, Candida. Unwrecked England. Oldie. p. 30.

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