Funny place names in the Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 16:06 06 March 2020 | UPDATED: 16:48 06 March 2020

Backside Lane, Oxfordshire (photo: velo_denz, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Backside Lane, Oxfordshire (photo: velo_denz, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

© Andrew Dennes 2008

The Cotswolds are home to some of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes, and also some of its most hilariously named places. We’ve compiled a list of the strangest, rudest and most bizarre pubs, towns and roads. Get ready to blush!

PUBS

Cat & Custard Pot Inn, Shipton Moyne (a)

The Fuzzy Duck - Stratford-upon-Avon

A little piece of luxury hidden in the Warwickshire countryside. The Fuzzy Duck is anything but an ugly duckling, as the décor was designed by Baylis and Harding's Creative Director. The Fuzzy Duck creates a contemporary pub experience with classic and innovative dishes for you to try.

The Hollow Bottom - Cheltenham

As Gloucestershire's leading racing pub, The Hollow Bottom is always buzzing with activity. Horse racing is its heart, and racing pundits hold events to share their top tips of winning big.

The Rattlebone Inn - Sherston

This Inn shares its name with eleventh century Saxon Warrior John Rattlebones, who according to legend haunts its halls. Full of charm and history, this pub is specialises in an array of real ales and wines.

The Frog and Fiddle - Cheltenham

The Frog and Fiddle is an iconic part of Cheltenham's music scene. There are regular live music events from local bands and is a favourite amongst university students. Established in 1998, The Frog offers good beers and good times.

The Pig and Fiddle - Bath

Part of the same family as Cheltenham's Frog, is a craft beer pub in the heart of Bath. Serving a delicious variety of pub favourites with modern twists, The Pig and Fiddle is a must visit.

The Cat and Custard Pot - Shipton Moyne

The unusual name of this pub originates from Robert Smith Surtees book 'Handley Cross or Mr Jorrocks's Hunt'. The pub dates back to the 1700s, and is full of equestrian memorabilia as a homage to its past as a meeting place for hunters and horse riders.

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TOWNS AND VILLAGES

Cockadilly..

Twatley - Wiltshire

Located in Malmesbury, this little Hamlet featured in The Inbetweeners 'Rude Road Trip' to raise money for Comic Relief. Twatley attracts many tourists, as it is home to the beautiful 5 star hotel Whatley Manor, where guests spend up to £1,500 a night to stay in this 18th Century residence, or dine out at the 2 Michelin star restaurant.

Lower Swell - Gloucestershire

Full of myths, Lower Swell is rich in history. There are many ancient burial sites from the Bronze Age, and one such site is market with the Whittlestone, which according to local legend is immovable. If it is taken from its current position, it shall return to its rightful place by the next morning.

Waterley Bottoms - Gloucestershire

The countryside surrounding Waterly Bottoms is a haven for walkers and ramblers. Found close to Dursley, there are many walking, cycling and running routes to follow and enjoy some fresh air. Make sure to stop by the New Inn, the two-times winner of Gloucestershire's cider pub of the year award.

Lacock - Wiltshire

Lacock is a small village just south of Chippenham. It is almost entirely owned by the National Trust, and visitors flock to the area to see it's carefully preserved appearance. Due to its popularity, Lacock has been featured in many films and television programmes; including Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter franchise.

North Piddle - Worcestershire

According to historians, North Piddle's name originates from the Old English word for a small stream. It is a quintessentially British village and Piddle Manor has hosted many of history's more eccentric nobility, including Thomas de Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk.

Cockadilly - Gloucestershire

Cockadilly is a small hamlet in the village of Nympsfield. Not far from the village is the Uley long barrow, known locally as Hetty Pegler's Tump. It is estimated to have been built over 5,000 years ago, during the Neolithic Stone Age.

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STREETS

Crotch Crescent

Kidnappers Lane - Gloucestershire

No one is sure the true origins of this peculiar name. There are tales of this road being named after the trade of tanning goat hides, rather than a dramatic hostage situation.

Butt Street - Gloucestershire

Often a staple on lists of Britian's funniest street names, Butt Street runs through the heart of Minchinhampton, connecting the village to Stroud and Nailsworth.

Friars Entry - Oxfordshire

Friars Entry is an unusual lane in the city of Oxford. Lined with independent shops and cafes, it was once a thoroughfare for monks walking to St. Mary Magdalen church, near to Trinity College.

Minge Lane - Worcestershire

Sure to shock people when they read this address, the Upton-upon-Severn Fire Station is located at the end of this rude road.

Backside Lane - Oxfordshire

Running through the scenic Cotswold countryside. This little country lane is lined with rural properties and farmland.

Crotch Crescent - Oxfordshire

This unfortunately named street was ranked the 5th most embarrassing street to live on. Found in Marston, Oxford, house prices have dropped on Crotch Crescent, as people find the name too rude to make it their home.

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Honourable mentions

Wyre Piddle, Worcestershire

Cockleford, Gloucestershire

Old Sodbury, Gloucestershire

Honey Knob Hill, Wiltshire

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