I never said it was serious!trickstat wrote:Quite a lot of people say St. Evenage but in my experience only as a kind of in joke.Bertiebus wrote: I know someone who says they live in St. Evenage. Ironically, I also happen to know someone who claims to be from St. Reatham in south London.
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Actually there still is, only nowadays it's known as Belper.
We used to stay with my mother's sister at Varteg in the South Wales Coalfield. Actually a great jumping off place for the Beacons. It hasn't had a name change but it took a local campaign to stop the council switching the signage to Welsh orthography. Just up the valley Blaenavon seems to be resisting as well.rileyrob wrote: ↑Sun Dec 03, 2017 17:38You poor soul, you have my sympathy Mind, you I went on holiday to Hertfordshire several times (to see my Grandparents), so not every holiday destination is exotic!!trickstat wrote:Despite living my whole life nearer to the other two places, it is Burnham-On-Sea that I think of first if I hear "Burnham" without any other context. This is because I went on holiday there a number of times as a child.
Blaenafon is harder to argue against other than "is it really even necessary" - but this counts especially given the UNESCO status of the area and it being well established as Blaenavon.
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The area has a convoluted history but as I understand it the original settlement at Seaham was monastic on the site of Seaham Hall to the North. After the dissolution it became the Manor of Seaham and St Mary The Virgin was the church of Seaham Parish.Chris Bertram wrote: ↑Mon Jun 18, 2018 16:54The town that I grew up knowing as Seaham Harbour has lost its "Harbour" and is now simply "Seaham". But the harbour is still there, now doing business out of leisure sailing rather than coal transit. Inland, on the old A19, now B1285, there used to be an area called "New Seaham", but this seems to have disappeared from maps altogether. It was the area just south of Seaham Colliery, and would be between B1404 and B1287 today, not including the estate known as "Deneside". OS Landranger seems to call it West Lea these days.
Seaham Harbour was built much later in the early 19th century by the then Lord Londonderry to handle the coal from the Rainton and Penshaw Pits. The Seaton and Seaham Collieries were then sunk and the community that developed between them and Seaham Harbour became known as New Seaham with its own Parish Church. The Londonderry's didnt want any confusion between a dirty industrial town and their little corner of Paradise. Just to add more confusion to the mix the name of the railway station was Seaham Colliery to distinguish it from the harbour station, called Seaham, used by coal trains. As these communities coalesced they were referred to by the OS as Greater Seaham which in 1890 consisted of Seaham, New Seaham and Seaham Harbour. By 1939 Seaham Harbour Station had been closed, Seaham Colliery Station had been renamed as Seaham, the local authority was Seaham Urban District Council and the OS Maps showed the whole area as Seaham.
The punchline following a long ramble on the history of Nottingham ended with
Not many Nottingham residents realise that many of the towns in the Middle ages were prefixed by the letter S, thus Nottingham was once known as Snottingham. This was changed to its present name in the 18th century.
However the residents of Scunthorpe have so far resisted this move
Big and complex.