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21 of the funniest place names in Dorset and the New Forest
Updated 3:53pm Friday 7th March 2014 in News
We know it's childish but we can't help but laugh when we see these funny place names in Dorset and the New Forest.
Shitterton, near Bere Regis, Dorset - Residents of Shitterton had to fork out for a new stone entrance sign because people kept stealing the normal road sign. Bere Regis Parish Council initiated the work and residents paid for the Purbeck stone block.
Villagers had spent months without a sign after pranksters stole it in the latest of many, many occasions. The new stone block was concreted to the ground.
Back in Victorian times the prudish had its name changed to Sitterton but, over the years, it reverted back to the original name, that derives from a farm on a stream used as a sewer.
Happy Bottom, a hamlet near Corfe Mullen, Dorset
Scratchy Bottom, Lulworth, Dorset. Go west along the coast path past Durdle Door and you will soon find it. Scratchy Bottom featured in the 1967 film of Far From the Madding Crowd.
Shaggs, East Lulworth, Dorset – rumoured to be where Prince Harry once rented a secret love nest with girlfriend Chelsy Davy.
River Piddle, Dorset – also Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide for those who love a piddle.
Sandy Balls, gets its name, they say, from the dome-shaped outcrops, and is more widely known as a long-established holiday centre near Fordingbridge, New Forest
Droop, a hamlet near Blandford Forum, Dorset.
Dungy Head, near West Lulworth, Dorset.
Gussage St. Michael, near Blandford Forum, Dorset – we’re not entirely sure why this makes us laugh – probably because it sounds like gusset.
Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset.
Shatters Hill, the road that lies off Wareham’s North Street.
Crumpet’s Drive, Lytchett Matravers, Poole
Pistle Down near Verwood.
Belchawell near Sturminster Newton.
Goathorn Close, Poole
Knacker’s Hole (Sturminster Newton)
Clapgate, near Wimborne
Pug’s Hole – the smallest of Bournemouth’s nature reserves, just off Meyrick Park golf course
Burnt Balls, a piece of heathland near Godshill in the New Forest
Knobcrook Road, in Wimborne
Some of your suggestions
- Slop Bog - nature reserve in Ferndown
- Pitt Bottom in Lytchett Matravers
- Slap Bottom - on the straight between Burley and Thorney Hill in the New Forest
- Happy Bottom - believed to be another one near Canford Bottom
- Shaggs Meadow - Lyndhurst
- Barbers Piles - Poole
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- 15 things that make you a Bournemouth-ite
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